The author examines every aspect of Wolsey's career: foreign policy, Church and State, law and order, social policy, relations with the Crown, with Parliament and the nobility. He gives the reader a very different Wolsey from the caricature of tradition.
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.
Why buy from World of Books
Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
'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
About Peter J. Gwyn
Peter Gwyn taught history at Winchester College, where he was also the archivist from 1965 to 1976. He was elected Bowra Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford for 1981-2. He worked on this biography of Thomas Wolsey for eleven years.
The King's Cardinal by Peter J. Gwyn
Peter J. Gwyn
Used - Very Good
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.