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Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII's Cardinal

by John Matusiak

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0752498843, Hardcover)

An evocative, long overdue biography of Tudor England's most fascinating statesman, who lives on in the popular imagination through texts such as The Tudors and Wolf Hall

This is arguably the first ever comprehensive book to explore the many contrasting layers of Thomas Wolsey's life and career. Making no assumptions, it looks at the real person in the cold light of his actions, and uncovers a man of contradictions and extremes whose meteoric rise was marked by an equally inexorable descent into desperation, as he attempted in vain to satisfy the tempestuous master whose ambition ultimately broke him. Far from being one more familiar portrait of an overweight and overweening spider or another cautionary tale of pride preceding a fall, this is the gripping story of how consummate talent, noble intentions, and an eagle eye for the main chance can contrive with the vagaries of power politics to raise an individual to unheard of heights before finally consuming him.

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"Cardinal Wolsey is a controversial figure: a butchers son, a man of letters and the Church, a divisive political expert, a man of principle yet, to some, an arrogant upstart. As Lord Chancellor to the incorrigible Henry VIII he achieved much both at home and abroad, but his failure to achieve the mighty monarchs divorce from Catherine of Aragon saw him brought to his knees. John Matusiak explores the pragmatic cardinals life and career to uncover a man of contradictions and extremes whose meteoric rise was marked by an equally inexorable descent into desperation, as he attempted in vain to satisfy the tempestuous master whose ambition ultimately broke him.Far from being another familiar portrait of an overweight and overweening spider or cautionary tale of pride preceding a fall, this is the gripping story of how consummate talent, noble intentions and an eagle eye for the main chance can contrive with the vagaries of power politics to raise an individual to unheard of heights before finally consuming him." - Dust jacket.… (more)

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