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   November 29

   1530: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey d., Adviser to England's King Henry VIII.
   Cardinal and statesman who dominated the government of England's King
   Henry VIII from 1515 to 1529. His unpopularity contributed, upon his
   downfall, to the anticlerical reaction that was a factor in the
   English Reformation. The immediate cause of Wolsey's fall from power
   was his failure to persuade Pope Clement VII to grant Henry an
   annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There had long been
   a party of nobles who hated the lowborn, overbearing cardinal. When
   his final attempt to obtain the annulment collapsed in July 1529,
   these enemies easily turned the king against him. In October Wolsey
   was indicted on a praemunire charge of having overstepped his legatine
   authority. Stripped of all his offices and preferments except York, he
   left London for York in April 1530. Nevertheless, Henry was led to
   believe that he was conspiring to recover his position. Wolsey was
   arrested on November 4 on charges of treason (for corresponding with
   the French court), but he died at the end of the month while on his
   way to face the king.

   1779: William 10th Earl of Caithness d.,


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