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The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Virtual Summit 28-29 November 2020


On 29 November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died in disgrace at Leicester Abbey. From humble beginnings, through his fierce intellect, shrewd political instinct and diligence, Wolsey rose up through Tudor society from nowhere to become the most powerful and influential man in England as Henry VIII’s first minister.

Taking the administrative strain from the young king, Henry was freed to enjoy the finer pleasures of kingship. Wolsey's capability in serving Henry VIII brought him both wealth and status, while his power and closeness to the monarch garnered enemies from jealous contemporaries of noble birth. 

Wolsey remained beyond their reach until a certain young woman captured the king’s heart. Unable to bring about an annulment of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon in order to clear the way for Anne Boleyn to marry the king, Wolsey’s position was fatally undermined. Exiled firstly to York and the archepiscopal residence at Cawood, Cardinal Wolsey would eventually be arrested for treason, dying en route at Leicester Abbey on 29 November 1530.

Intellectual and capable…pompous and vain: whatever you think of him, Wolsey was an extraordinary statesman and was a leading patron of the arts in his day. In this virtual summit, we will unwrap Wolsey’s story and follow it from cradle to grave. We will explore his early beginnings, his rise to power, his catastrophic involvement in the King’s Great Matter, his patronage of art and architecture, and finally his dramatic fall from grace.

The Tudor Travel Guide’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Wolsey’ virtual summit will run over the weekend 28-29 November to commemorate Wolsey’s death 490 years ago. We have some fabulous speakers and registration is FREE! If you wish to reserve your spot, simply click on the blue button ‘Book My Seat For the Free Summit!’ and fill in your details.

I am also delighted to announce that everybody who registers will receive two free book chapters from Professor Glenn Richardson’s new book, 'Wolsey' published earlier this year.  PLUS, there will also be a book bundle giveaway to one lucky registrant, drawn at the end of the summit. Included in this giveaway will be a signed copy of the aforementioned book, Wolsey' by Glenn Richardson; Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador, by Catherine Fletcher and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger.
Here is your fabulous line-up of speakers for the weekend:
Saturday 28 November:
• Professor Glenn Richardson: The Rise of Cardinal Wolsey
• Professor Catherine Fletcher: Wolsey, Rome and the King’s Great Matter
Sunday 29 November:
• Dr Jonathan Foyle: Patron of the Arts: Wolsey’s Hampton Court
• Professor Glenn Richardson: The Fall of Cardinal Wolsey
• Dr Sarah Morris: Wolsey's Final Progress - From Cawood to Leicester
Once you have registered, you will receive confirmation of registration via an email. The full details of how to access these pre-recorded interviews will be mailed out 48 hours before the event, with a reminder sent just before each lecture goes live. 
Anybody registering for the summit will have access to all the videos until 5 January 2021.
Your Speakers:
Prof Glenn Richardson
Dr Glenn Richardson is Professor of Early Modern History at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Following doctoral study at the LSE, his work has concentrated on the European Renaissance, on diplomatic and cultural relations between England, France, Venice and the Papacy. 

He is the author of Renaissance Monarchy: The Reigns of Henry VIII, Francis I and Charles V  and The Field of Cloth of Gold. His most recent book is a biography of Cardinal Wolsey: Wolsey, published earlier this year (2020) by Routledge. Glenn is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Prof Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher is the author of four books on sixteenth-century European history, including The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story and The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici

Her latest book is The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance. She is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.
Dr Jonathan Foyle
Dr Jonathan Foyle is one of the most respected historians today. Jonathan was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years and took his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's Palace.

He has presented numerous television series including BBC4's often repeated Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? His most profound interest is in the origins and meaning of the rich court culture of Henry VII and recently played an important role in the identification of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's wedding bed.
Dr Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris, also known as The Tudor Travel Guide, lives in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. She has written two novels of Anne Boleyn, Le Temps Viendra: a Novel fo Anne Boleyn, Volumes I and II, plus co-authored two non-fiction books; In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII

In 2018, Sarah established The Tudor Travel Guide: your visitor’s companion to the houses, castles and manors of the sixteenth century. She has appeared on TV shows, exploring Tudor history and was central in the rediscovery of the ‘Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels’. Sarah also produces a monthly podcast, The Tudor Travel Show, exploring Tudor places and artefacts and has a vibrant YouTube Channel.