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Wol·sey(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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