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The best biography ever written of Henry VIII's most powerful counsellor and one of the key figures of the Tudor period.

Proud, greedy, corrupt and driven by overwhelming personal ambition. Such is the traditional image of Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor, Archbishop of York, Bishop of Winchester, Abbot of St. Albans, Bishop of Tournai and Papal Legate. It is an image which Peter Gwyn examines, challenges and decisively overturns in this remarkable book.
From exceedingly humble beginnings Wolsey rose to a pinnacle of power unsurpassed by any other British commoner. Peter Gwyn explores every aspect of the Cardinal's career - not least his relationship with Henry VIII -and sets it firmly in a vividly recreated Tudor world. The Wolsey who emerges is a man of prodigious energy and ability, a tireless dispenser of justice, an enlightened reformer wholly dedicated to his king and country - a man who has been consistently misrepresented and maligned for four-and-a-half centuries.

'Magisterial' Antonia Fraser, Sunday Telegraph
'Learned and controversial, it has all the elements of a detective story.. .His verdict is convincing...a fascinating book.' Lord Blake, Country Life
'A work of magisterial ambition and achievement. ..He has taken a great subject and transformed it.' Blair Worden, London Review of Books

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  • The King's Cardinal
    Peter J Gwyn

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    9780712668330

    August 1, 2002

    Pimlico

    688 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • The King's Cardinal
    Peter J Gwyn

    Paperback

    9780712651226

    February 27, 1992

    Pimlico

    688 pages

    RRP $54.95

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  • EBook

    9781446475133

    April 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    688 pages

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