In the King’S Service

  • B. W. Beckingsale


Wolsey had predicted that the adjournment in late July, 1529, of the legatine court, dealing with the annulment of the King’s marriage, and the avocation of the case to Rome would ‘utterly destroy him for ever’. For the next sixteen months Cromwell witnessed the slow fulfilment of that prediction. Stephen Gardiner, Wolsey’s secretary, was summoned to be secretary to the King. There could be no such immediate escape to royal service for Cromwell. Gardiner had dealt with Wolsey’s public affairs, while Cromwell had been concerned with the Cardinal’s personal business. Having to stay on the sinking ship, Cromwell may have shared his secretary’s animosity towards Gardiner, who seemed to have deserted Wolsey.1


Political Nation Amoral Advice Sinking Ship Royal Authority Fortunate Election 
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