This thesis attempts to describe the contingent events that led to the downfall of Lord High Chancellor Thomas Wolsey in England. Using the British History Online website and Hall's Chronicles, I read all the letters and papers under Henry VIII between the years of 1527 and 1529. While the popular belief is that it was from Wolsey's incapability to get the annulment Henry VIII wanted from his first wife, there are other arguments that attempt to steer away from that popular viewpoint. While I do follow the popular belief, in my research I found that the common belief of the inability to get the annulment is true, but not as black and white as it has been made out to be. There were many events and circumstances that hindered Wolsey and other delegates that were involved ranging from physiologically to politically. In addition, the downfall of Wolsey was not as gradual as has been assumed.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Rodriguez, Jeremy M., "The Fall of Sir Thomas Wolsey: The Contingent Circumstances and Events That Led to His Demise" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1069.