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How far do sources 1, 2 and 3 suggest that Wolseys efforts to secure an annulment of the Kings marriages were half hearted?

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Lewis Cheesman How far do sources 1, 2 and 3 suggest that Wolsey?s efforts to secure an annulment of the King?s marriages were half hearted? The weight of the evidence in the majority of the sources tends to suggest that Wolsey was not half-hearted in his efforts to secure an annulment for the King?s marriage. Source 1 suggests that Wolsey was not half hearted in his attempts to secure the annulment of the great matter, although, this source is a letter from Wolsey to the King, which weakens the strength of this source due the possibility of it being bias as it would be deemed invalid and unreliable. In addition, the information in Source 1 shows Wolsey was trying to impress the King with his supposed actions. ...read more.

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However, we must question the reliability of Sources 1 and 3 due to the provenances. Source 1 was a letter from Wolsey to the king so you must assess the strength this source bears which is rather weak due to the possibility of it being invalid and unreliable. In relation to Source 3, Catherine is attacking Wolsey in which could also be potentially unreliable as she would want to back up her argument that her and Henry?s marriage was valid. However, there is an underlying inference that if Catherine was attacking Wolsey, he must have done something in order to try and obtain the annulment otherwise Catherine would have no reason to attack him publically and this is backed up from the quote ?You have kindled the fire in Henry to end our marriage?. ...read more.

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half hearted but it does show he had good contacts in Rome by being able to persuade someone like Stafileo who was the dean of Supreme Court of the Catholic Church in Rome. However, both messages of this source contradict each other as Source 1 says he used his contacts to help the King and source 2 disagrees by saying he didn?t. In comparison, the only part of Source 3 that agrees with these statements is the fact that Catherine knew Wolsey had ?power? but did not want to acknowledge it. Conclusively, Wolsey was not half hearted in his attempts to secure the annulment and he only found it hard due to the commotion being caused by Charles V in Rome as well as the strength and significance of support Catherine gained in the Great Matter from around the world. ...read more.

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