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 […]

31 May 1529 – The opening of the Blackfriars Legatine Court

| May 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, a special legatine court opened at Blackfriars in London. The court’s purpose was to hear the case for an annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It was presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who had been made Pope Clement VII’s viceregent […]

29 November 1530 – The death of a cardinal and statesman

| November 29, 2016

On 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 […]

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2016

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, just over twenty years after their marriage, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, appeared before Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey had been authorised by papal bull in April 1528 “to take cognisance of all matters […]

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, formal proceedings began into Henry VIII’s case for an annulment at a special legatine court presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio at Blackfriars in London. The case came to nothing when it was adjourned in July 1529 for a summer recess, never to […]

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 […]

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]