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Who was more important in directing foreign affairs from 1515 to 1529, Henry the 8th or Wolsey? Essay

  • Submitted by: surferbabe
  • on December 7, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 868 words

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Many historians such as John Guy and Rogerson, Ellsmore and Hudson argue over which of these dominant figures from the 16th century was overall the most powerful and in control in many different situations. Historians such as Eric Ives believed Henry was the most powerful compared to Wolsey, he said Wolsey “Could effectively propose a policy but he was always careful to ensure that Henry owned it.”, but not only did he believe this but many of historians believe this also. Many Historians do tend to believe that Henry was more in control then Wolsey when it comes to foreign affairs and I shall attempt to show this in my evaluation that follows.
Henry is viewed by many to be overall more important in many aspects towards the ruling of the united kingdom in the 16th century as he was after all he was at the highest rank possible, king, and king legally has the most power where as Wolsey as lord chancellor and later cardinal and papal legate still has less power then Henry even though he'd liked to think he had at least the same amount and showed this through building his own court rooms. This shows Henry as being more important as he was at a higher position from the start. However their relationship may make them seem more equal then any more important then the other, as John Guy says “Between 1515 and 1525 it can be argued that Henry treated him more as a partner than a servant.” This perhaps gives a clear image of their relationship but not their importance in foreign policy. However this does show that perhaps their overall importance to the country generally was equal.
It can also be argued that Henry gave Wolsey the authority and without Henry there would be not much power for Wolsey at all. Henry can be said to have given power in the case of the 'amicable grant' to Wolsey however historian J.J.Scarisbrick said “Henry never knew of the demand” this argues that Henry did not give Wolsey the power and that Wolsey simply took it, however the king's denial of...

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