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Thomas Wolsey

Wolsey, Thomas (1473?–1530), Roman Catholic cardinal and politician. He became a political power during the reign of King Henry VIII, wielding great influence in both church and state matters; however, he fell into sudden disrepute due to his disapproval of Henry VIII's decision to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. Criticisms of his opulent way of life contributed to a growing desire for clerical reform.

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