Wolsey Essay

Do you accept the view in Source V that Woolens domestic policies were disappointing? Wolves s domestic policies covered a wide range of aspects including his focus on justice, especially through the Star Courts which allowed anyone to stand before him regardless of wealth or status whilst he was also able to practice civil law rather than common law.

However Wolves did use the courts to his advantage on occasion, causing some of the nobility to share assessment towards Wolves. There is also a lot of focus on his failed attempt at the reversal of the sealing off of enclosed land as he tried to force land owners to allow poorer people to farm on unused land again, this failure showed he could not always exert power on his superiors which bred hatred towards him from the nobility.

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Wolves again brewed anger within the nobility as he created a larger tax burden on the richer in conjunction with a lower burden on the poorer. He also managed to cause widespread anger and tater with the Amicable Grant of 1 525, a non parliamentary tax after the Battle of Pave, by which the public responded with a rebellion and refusal to pay the tax. Whilst Woolens domestic policy had promising ideas, he never managed to please everyone.

Also, his role as the papal legate improved England’s connection with the pope. Source T, written by Polymer Virgil: a known enemy of Wolves, criticizes Wolves s ‘ambition’ and ‘arrogance’ which in pair would assume a very unlikable character, also in the Tudor era the public preferred sustainability rather than growth which supports Source ‘V’ in which Dawson explains that the sixteenth century ‘sought stability’ rather than ‘change’.

Virgil also expresses that Wolves held the hatred of the whole country’ due to his ‘hostility’ towards the majority possibly in relation to his failed attempt at the Amicable Grant which forced many to rebel against him: a huge failure on his part, which did in fact cause much anger towards him.

He was also ‘detested by everyone’ due to his assumption he could undertake ‘all the offices of state by himself, this assumption was proved wrong in his failure of his reforms on enclosure, this was also the cause of his ultimate failure and execution: he had more power than the monarch, which was illegal. However, this source would be heavily biased due to Verger’s resentment of Wolves, many facts may have been emphasized making Walleye’s domestic policy seem more of a disappointment than it was.