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  1. Thomas, 1475?–1530, English cardinal and statesman.

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  • Wolsey had been more than usually fortunate in his disgrace, for he was ill, and died from natural causes.

  • Wolsey found it so, and so also did More; and now Cromwell was to follow More to the block.

  • It goes without saying that Wolsey won; and Guillard did not get in till 1519, the year after the evacuation by the English.

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  • Such inquiries were forbidden by the law of the Church, and they were afraid; but they were more afraid of Wolsey.

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  • His style of life when chancellor was for that age magnificent: Wolsey, in after times, scarcely excelled him.

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/ (ˈwʊlzɪ) /

  1. Thomas. ?1475–1530, English cardinal and statesman; archbishop of York (1514–30); lord chancellor (1515–29). He dominated Henry VIII's foreign and domestic policies but his failure to obtain papal consent for the annulment of the king's marriage to Catherine of Aragon led to his arrest for high treason (1530); he died on the journey to face trial

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