18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

| October 18, 2017

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 […]

29th November 1530 – Death of Cardinal Wolsey

| November 29, 2011

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 […]

The Cardinal and the Concubine

| September 30, 2009

Over the past few weeks, I have been considering Anne Boleyn’s relationships with those around her and today I want to look at her relationship with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and right-hand man. Anne Boleyn and the Boleyn faction are often credited with causing Wolsey’s downfall and subsequent death, and many are […]