Things I Like: Cardinal Wolsey (The Tudors)

Cardinal Wolsey The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

Flawed morally as he was, I did like Cardinal Thomas Wolsey on The Tudors. The 2nd highest ranking Catholic, Wolsey was pretty much King Henry VIII’s right-hand man on many issues of state.

Cardinal Wolsey in red robes The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

Unlike many Catholics, Wolsey was deeply loyal to the King and ignored many of his faults.

Cardinal Wolsey and King Henry VIII The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

But part of that stemmed from his personal life improving greatly, by being so valued by the King.

Cardinal Wolsey during divorce trial The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

One of the few Catholics also to advocate for King Henry VIII’s divorce without any hesitations.

Cardinal Wolsey begs for mercy The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

But he failed to convince his peers (especially in Rome), so he more-or-less got blamed. And his whole life was ruined.

Cardinal Wolsey death The Tudors TV SERIES Sam Neil

Such a sad downfall really. I was glad to see King Henry VIII express some pity over his demise after the fact.

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