Thomas Wolsey Timeline

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  • c. 1473
    Birth of Thomas Wolsey, future Cardinal Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
  • 1509 - 1547
  • 1509
    Thomas Wolsey is appointed the royal almoner (giver of alms).
  • c. 1513 - 1529
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey serves as Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
  • 1514
    Thomas Wolsey buys and develops Hampton Court Palace.
  • Mar 1514
    Thomas Wolsey is appointed the bishop of Lincoln.
  • Sep 1514
    Thomas Wolsey is appointed archbishop of York.
  • 1515
    The Pope makes Thomas Wolsey a cardinal.
  • 1518
    England, France, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire sign a mutual defence agreement.
  • 1518
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is made a papal legate.
  • Jun 1520
    The Field of the Cloth of Gold pageant is held just outside Calais for Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France.
  • 1524
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is given legate powers for life.
  • 1524
    Thomas Cromwell joins the household of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
  • 1525
    The Treaty of More renews friendly relations between England and France.
  • 1525
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey introduces an unpopular new tax, the Amicable Grant. It is abandoned after several rebellions.
  • 1529
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is dismissed from the Privy Council and as Lord Chancellor for his failure in Henry VIII of England's 'Great Matter'.
  • Jun 1529
    Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio presides over a special court to decide the annulment of the first marriage of Henry VIII of England. No decision is reached.
  • 1530
    Cardinal Thomas Wolsey dies of ill health on his way to trial for treason against Henry VIII of England.