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Thomas Wolsey

1473 - 1530

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Thomas Wolsey (c. March 1473 – 29 November 1530) was an English statesman and Catholic bishop. When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509, Wolsey became the king's almoner. Wolsey's affairs prospered and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Wolsey has received more than 3,679,437 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Thomas Wolsey is the 607th most popular religious figure (up from 713th in 2019), the 481st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 694th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Religious Figure.

Thomas Wolsey was a cardinal and the Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of King Henry VIII. He was a close advisor to the king, but he was also a powerful and wealthy man in his own right. Wolsey's downfall came when he failed to secure an annulment for Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon.

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Among religious figures, Thomas Wolsey ranks 607 out of 2,238Before him are Theophanes the Confessor, Tarcisius, Ananias of Damascus, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Pope Stephen V, and Truganini. After him are Pope Stephen IX, Alexius of Rome, Nicodemus, Yasuke, Scholastica, and Baal Shem Tov.

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Among people born in 1473, Thomas Wolsey ranks 5Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Oruç Reis, James IV of Scotland, and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. After him are Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, Georg von Frundsberg, John Corvinus, Cecilia Gallerani, Henry IV, Duke of Saxony, and Hans Burgkmair. Among people deceased in 1530, Thomas Wolsey ranks 5Before him are Babur, Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, Andrea del Sarto, and Quentin Matsys. After him are Maximilian Sforza, Joanna la Beltraneja, Pêro da Covilhã, Judah Leon Abravanel, Luis Ramírez de Lucena, Konstanty Ostrogski, and Jacopo Sannazaro.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Wolsey ranks 481 out of 7,765Before him are Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473), Edmund Ironside (993), John Cleese (1939), Peter Brook (1925), Austen Chamberlain (1863), and Arthur Balfour (1848). After him are Eadwig (940), Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), G. E. Moore (1873), Arthur Eddington (1882), and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, Thomas Wolsey ranks 9Before him are Thomas Becket (1119), Saint Boniface (680), John Wesley (1703), Saint Walpurga (710), John Knox (1514), and William Laud (1573). After him are William Tyndale (1494), John Harvard (1607), Pope Adrian IV (1100), John Henry Newman (1801), Willibrord (658), and Charles Spurgeon (1834).