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29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey cheats the axeman

| November 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested at his home, Cawood Castle, at the beginning of the month and was on his way to London to answer charges of treason. […]

18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

| October 18, 2017

18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

On this day in history, 18th October 1529, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey surrendered the Great Seal of his Lord Chancellorship following the writ of praemunire being filed against him on the 9th October 1529. Jean du Bellay, the French ambassador, recorded this in a letter to Anne, Duke of Montmorency, written on 22nd October: “On Tuesday […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey dies at Leicester

| November 29, 2015

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey dies at Leicester

On 29th November 1530, at around eight o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died in Leicester at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis. The cardinal had stopped at the abbey while travelling from his home, Cawood Castle in Yorkshire, to London to face charges of high treason. On the journey, he’d been taken […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

| November 29, 2014

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. He had stopped at the abbey while on his way from his home, Cawood Castle in Yorkshire, to London to face charges of high treason. Wolsey’s famous last words were “I se the matter […]

29 November 1530 – The Death of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey at Leicester Abbey

| November 29, 2013

29 November 1530 – The Death of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey at Leicester Abbey

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested for high treason at Cawood Castle, his home in North Yorkshire, on 4th November and taken into custody by the Earl of Northumberland and William Walsh. He bade farewell to […]

31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

| May 31, 2013

31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

On 31st May 1529, the formal trial to investigate Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was opened at Blackfriars. A papal bull in April 1528 had given Cardinal Wolsey the authority to “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” in England, with the assistance of […]

Cardinal Wolsey’s Final Words

| November 29, 2012

Cardinal Wolsey’s Final Words

On 29th November 1530, Cardinal Wolsey died at Leicester Abbey while travelling to London to be tried for high treason. He’d been suffering from dysentery for a couple of weeks but his health had declined by 26th November and when he arrived at Leicester Abbey he told the Father Abbott “I ame come hether to […]

29th November 1530 – Death of Cardinal Wolsey

| November 29, 2011

29th November 1530 – Death of Cardinal Wolsey

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at Leicester Abbey. He had left his home of Cawood Castle on the 6th November after the Earl of Northumberland and William Walsh had taken him into custody on the 4th November for high treason. Wolsey travelled from Cawood to Pontefract and Doncaster […]