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The rise and fall of Thomas Wolsey

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A-Level | 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. This session utilises evidence from relevant buildings at Hampton Court Palace supported by primary written evidence.

The written sources show contemporary opinions of Wolsey, how the Cardinal presented himself both through his buildings and his clothes, and his relationship with King Henry VIII. The sources can be used to explain why Wolsey was able to rise so high, and why ultimately, he fell from grace.

Exam board links

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

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£12.35 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer, a minimum price of £148 will be charged for your group.

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