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“The Duke Of Somerset’s Policy Towards The War With Scotland Was The Main Cause Of His Downfall”. Assess The Validity Of This Statement

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To serve the King

In 1526 Wolsey drew up the Eltham Ordinances to reform the Council and the Administration

However Wolsey saw to it that the reformed Council never operated effectively so that it could not challenge his power

Henry VIII's problem was with finance however we mustn't overlook how Wolsey carried out significant and lasting achievements in tax reforms when he introduced a ...view middle of the document...

Wolsey resorted to the Amicable Grant that failed and so he had to back track.
There was also a serious breakdown In 1526 at the time his power was beginning to crumble.

To boost his own power

Legal reforms - Wolsey increased the role of Chancery which enhanced his own role as Lord Chancellor

The system couldn't cope with the increase in cases and virtually collapsed under the workload.

To apply Humanist ideals

Wolsey's legal reforms sought to provide justice for all - used Star chamber to convict powerful subjects.
* Wolsey came from a background of poverty and so this could be said as what fuelled his humanist ideals.
Wolsey attacked enclosures as immoral and irresponsible on the part of the landowners.
Policy to tackle the profiteering

However Wolsey also used this position as Chancellor to carry out personal vendetta and to get revenge on his enemies.
This policy was hugely unpopular with the landowners. Wolsey had abandoned this policy when he needed their support to fund the war in 1525.
Failed to enforce measures - too busy to deal with the problem.

Wolsey's Domestic Policies

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