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Wolsey, Thomas

(ca. 1475–1530). Eng. cardinal, statesman; b. Ipswich(?); educ. Oxford; fellow Magdalen Coll.; ordained priest ca. 1498; domestic chaplain of archbp. of Canterbury 1502; chaplain of Henry VII 1507; privy counsellor of Henry VIII; bp. of Lincoln 1514; archbp. of York 1514; cardinal 1515; Lord Chancellor of Eng. 1515. In his foreign policy he endeavored to hold the balance of power in struggle between Empire and France; endeavored to obtain papal dispensation for divorce of Henry VIII; blamed for his failure by Anne Boleyn and incurred King's displeasure; founded Christ Church, Oxford; arrested for high treason; died on way to London. See also Praemunire, Statutes of.

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