from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Wolsey, Thomas 1475?-1530. English prelate and politician. The influential chief adviser to Henry VIII, he fell from favor after failing to secure papal approval of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon (1529).


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  • A hint of the more supple tragedy that might have been written is illuminated in Wolsey's valedictory speech, in which he alludes to the wretchedness of any man who survives at the whim of a prince.

    Theater review: Folger Theatre's 'Henry VIII'

  • There had been previous suppressions of monastic establishments; but in these cases the funds, ostensibly at least, had been diverted to other purposes recognised as ecclesiastical, such as Wolsey's schools and colleges.

    England under the Tudors

  • Gilded Age "They were educated and had manners, and the leaders especially came from good families," said Richard Bengtsson, creative director at Wolsey, the British knitwear company that provided wool socks to Scott and Amundsen in 1911.

    The Gentleman Adventurer

  • Leather buttons and metal trim are among the subtler nods to authenticity, and Mr. Bengtsson kept the A-shaped silhouette of the anoraks he found in Wolsey archives.

    The Gentleman Adventurer

  • In commemoration of those expeditions, which ended in triumph for Amundsen and icy death for Scott, Wolsey has created relatively faithful adaptations of clothes the competing trailblazers would have worn a century ago.

    The Gentleman Adventurer

  • Other retailers are likely to include clothes chains Jack Spade, Coach, Stone Island, Wolsey and Woolrich.

    Conversion of Regent Palace Hotel into Ā£300m retail development completed

  • But the portrayal that comes across as the most poignantly effective is that of Anthony Cochrane as Henry's overreaching right-hand man, Cardinal Wolsey.

    Theater review: Folger Theatre's 'Henry VIII'

  • Fat old Cardinal Wolsey, the self-enriching arch-minister of Henry's early years, is present in the form of an unflattering portrait, with thick, sensuously repellent red lips.

    Exhibit review of 'Vivat Rex!' at the Folger Shakespeare Library

  • Cardinal Wolsey imported Italian sculptors to add some Florentine flourishes to the original palace, and probably laid out the sprawling complex according to genuine Renaissance principles of geometry and symmetry.0844-482 7777With Inigo Jones, Britain at last at last gets to grips more than a century late with the principles of Italian Renaissance architecture, rather than just copying the decoration.

    The Renaissance in Britain: examples from the era

  • None were more colossal than those of Cardinal Wolsey, but even he built his palace at Hampton Court on the same lines.

    British architecture: The English Renaissance


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