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Henry was often considered to have relied on Wolsey to for fill his wishes often not completing things himself as he had someone else to do them for him. I agree to a substantial extent that Henry surrendered power in government to Cardinal Wolsey as throughout Henry’s reign Wolsey had to complete tasks of which henry set out to take credit for.
Henry was otherwise occupied by leisure activities and practically surrendered his power to Wolsey. This is evident in the fourth source as Scaresbrick states that Cavendish (Wolsey’s servant) shows that Wolsey was handed the cares of the state as Henry was always otherwise occupied with activities such as jousting and dancing. The king can be considered to be self-indulgent. Wolsey can also be shown to have been given governmental power as in if an issue raised within parliament or the English economy he would be called upon and be blamed for the mistake or ordered to amend it. This source can be considered less valid as it was written in 1968 and could be influenced by historical opinion. This is because the time in which the source was written is long after the period in which the source is essentially documented from. This source suggests that power was surrendered to Wolsey as Henry showed a sense of incapability as he always was otherwise occupied.
The king considered the ultimate source of power but would need assistance in certain areas. This is highlighted within source five as Wolsey is dominant figure within parliament but lacks certain abilities such as daily contact with the king in which henry had with friends. This shows that he did not have all the power as he lacked a relationship with the king and his friends that would give him a sense of authority. Although Wolsey did have the power to control the distribution of patronage. This source was written in 1994 and can be considered less valid. The source suggests that power was surrendered to a certain extent but Wolsey did not have complete control due to his relationship with the king in his personal life.
Source six is written by Henry himself and is addressed to Wolsey asking him to watch over certain people. This shows that Henry had utter trust in Wolsey to complete the task. The fact that Henry asks this of Wolsey shows that the cardinal had governmental power as the king wouldn’t do it himself. The source ends with anyone whom you are suspicious. Implicating the faith in which Henry has with Wolsey he allows Woolsey to make his own judgement on the matters at hand within the time period that effect the monarchy. This source was written in 1520 meaning that this source can be considered valid as it was written by Henry. Source six suggests that power was surrendered to Woolsey as he was asked to watch over people within the monarchy in addition to anyone whom he deemed as a threat.

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