Definition of Cardinal Wolsey from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Cardinal Wolsey

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Thomas Wolsey (c. 1474-1530) an English cardinal(= a senior Roman Catholic priest), who was Henry VIII's most important political adviser in the first half of his reign (= period as king). Wolsey became very powerful, but was dismissed by Henry when he failed to get the Pope's permission for the king to divorce Catherine of Aragon.