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How far would you agree with the view that Wolseys foreign policies were defensive?

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How far would you agree with the view that Wolsey?s foreign policies were defensive? (40 marks) Wolsey was Henry VIII?s chief adviser for fifteen years (1914-1929). He planned the French invasion in which Tournai and Therouanne were seized. He organized ?the field of the cloth of gold? and major peace treaties like the London treaty. I would only agree to a certain extent that Wolsey?s foreign policy was defensive as although the majority of his policies were defensive, there were also some which seemed to be offensive. Firstly, Wolsey?s foreign policies were defensive in the case of ?The treaty of London? which was signed in 1518. ...read more.


Due to England being the centre of International relations it could agree with the viewpoint of Source G where it states ?Wolsey established England as the peacemaker? which shows that they were the centre and due to them being a peacemaker it was an extremely defensive policy. Similarly, amongst international relations Wolsey?s main objective was to pair Henry up to make the strongest alliance to ensure England?s safety; in other words restoring the balance of power. England was the makeweight power amongst Europe so any side that they joined would become the strongest therefore putting England in a much safer position. This was also a defensive move by Wo at a time where England was so vulnerable. ...read more.


This was when all the Christian countries would unite against the Muslims of the Ottoman Empire to the wipe the potential threat. This shows a true driving force which Wolsey was happy to involve England in which would shows as offensive by wanting to ?remove? the treat against Europe. This could relate to the fact that Wolsey knew Henry?s ambitions were to be a Chivalric King, this means that Wolsey had to be careful on how defensive he acted knowing that Henry wanted to go to war. This links in with Source F where it says ?He was intentionally regarded as a figure of splendid chivalric kingship?, proving that Henry wanted to be powerful and well known for what he done. This links back to the question in where some of Wolsey?s policies were actually offensive and this could be to satisfy Henry?s needs. ...read more.

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