The conversion of the cardinal? Pride and penitence in some Tudor histories of Thomas Wolsey

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dc.contributor.author Hornbeck, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-07T07:50:26Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-07T07:50:26Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-26
dc.description.abstract The life of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, lord chancellor of England from 1515 to 1529, has inspired no small number of literary, historical, and dramatic retellings. A comprehensive study of these texts remains to be written, but this article seeks to make a start by examining how Tudor writers portrayed the cardinal’s response to his deposition and subsequent disgrace. For some authors, Wolsey’s fall only made him more proud, and he began to act erratically and disloyally, confirming the wisdom of the king’s decision to relieve him of office. For others, deposition moved Wolsey to become philosophical and penitent, and some such writers depict a cardinal who at the end of his life underwent nothing short of a conversion. This article traces both of these historiographical trajectories from their origins in writings of the late 1540s and 1550s through a range of late Tudor chronicle accounts. Elements of both narratives about the cardinal appear, prominently if not always congruously, in one of the best-known theatrical works about the events of the reign of Henry VIII, the play King Henry VIII (All Is True) by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Understanding the interrelationships between the Tudor texts presented here is essential to grasping later portrayals of Wolsey and his contemporaries. en_ZA
dc.description.department Church History and Church Policy en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Hornbeck, P., 2016, ‘The conversion of the cardinal? Pride and penitence in some Tudor histories of Thomas Wolsey’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(1), Art. #3104, 10 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i1.3104. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i1.3104
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/54107
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Cardinal Thomas Wolsey en_ZA
dc.subject Tudor writers en_ZA
dc.subject Deposition en_ZA
dc.subject Disgrace en_ZA
dc.title The conversion of the cardinal? Pride and penitence in some Tudor histories of Thomas Wolsey en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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