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The rise and fall of thomas wolsey

about this session

Key stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session type: Depth study

Explore and deconstruct the key factors that contributed to Thomas Wolsey’s spectacular fall from the highest echelons of power.

In this session, students will use the remaining traces of Wolsey’s palace, alongside contemporary opinions of Wolsey, to analyse how the Cardinal presented himself and his position and his relationship with King Henry VIII.

Through the palace he created, students will evaluate why Wolsey was able to rise to such a high level of power within Tudor England, and why ultimately he fell from grace. 

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Early Tudors, and particularly the following exam boards:

  • AQA, Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603, Part One.
  • Edexcel, Unit 1B: England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion.
  • OCR, Unit 1 Y106: England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558).


  • WJEC, Unit 1, period study (AS): Government, rebellion and society in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.
  • WJEC, Unit 2, depth study (AS): The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570, Part 1: Problems, threats and challenges, c.1529-1553.
  • WJEC, Unit 3, breadth study (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603 
  • WJEC, Unit 4, depth study (A2): The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570, Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.

Booking Information

Wednesday - Friday
10:30, 13:00

Schools only Tuesdays
Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 19 March
Tuesday 21 May
Tuesday 25 June
Tuesday 9 July

90 minutes

Up to 25 students

£110 per session plus £4.10 per student admission

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