29 November 1530 – The death of a cardinal and statesman

Cardinal WolseyOn this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s former chief adviser, died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester.

Wolsey had been on his way to London from Cawood Castle, his residence as Archbishop of York, when he was taken ill with dysentery at Sheffield. He had rallied enough to travel on to Leicester but was to go no further. Instead of answering the charges of high treason laid against him in London, and probably becoming a victim of the headsman, Wolsey died in a house of God and was buried at the abbey.

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