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 (wo͝ol′zē), Cardinal Thomas 1475?-1530.
English prelate and politician. Archbishop of York and chief adviser to Henry VIII, he fell from favor after failing to secure papal approval of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon (1529).
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(Biography) Thomas. ?1475–1530, English cardinal and statesman; archbishop of York (1514–30); lord chancellor (1515–29). He dominated Henry VIII's foreign and domestic policies but his failure to obtain papal consent for the annulment of the king's marriage to Catherine of Aragon led to his arrest for high treason (1530); he died on the journey to face trial
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Thomas, 1475?–1530, English cardinal and statesman.
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In 1523, Henry VIII's chief adviser Cardinal Thomas Wolsey became Bishop of Durham, although Wolsey never set foot in the place.
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Cromwell's reputation as an industrious and efficient lawyer caught the attention of Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Wolsey, and in 1524 Cromwell entered the cardinal's service.
He was the second youngest person at the time to obtain such a degree, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey being the youngest.
A man of humble beginnings, Thomas Wolsey (c.1475-1530) reached boundless authority and exceptional wealth in his lifetime.
Henry VIII confiscated the palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey when he fell out of favour in 1529 and set about putting his own ostentatious stamp on it.