Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
Wolsey, the Ipswich Boy and Oxford Man: We will trace Wolsey’s origins and education and his early career at Oxford.
Wolsey’s rise to Power: Wolsey’s early work for Henry VII, his appointment to the council of Henry VIII, his early relationship with the king and with the Tudor court.
Wolsey and Henry 1509-1520: Wolsey’s work to get Henry on to the international stage from war in 1513 to the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520
Wolsey and Europe 1521-1527: The complicated internationally context in which Wolsey had to work and his greatest diplomatic triumph in 1527.
Wolsey as Lord Chancellor: The work Wolsey did in law reform and increasing the effectiveness of the king’s justice; star chamber and ‘poor men’s causes’
Wolsey as Cardinal Legate: This session examines the exact nature of Wolsey’s authority over the Church in England and the use he made of it to enhance royal, not papal, power.
Wolsey as Patron: Picking up on points already made in the course so far, this session concentrates on Wolsey’s artistic and architectural patronage as a Renaissance cardinal.
Wolsey at Christ Church: Taking advantage of our location at ‘Cardinal College’ we will look around to see what remains of Wolsey’s greatest educational foundation.
Wolsey’s fall: This session examines the reasons why, after twenty years of loyal service to Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey fell from power so swiftly.
Wolsey’s Legacy: A final session considers Wolsey’s strengths and weaknesses as a person and as a royal minister and asks whether his contribution to the making of ‘Tudor England’ has yet to be properly appreciated.