Such things happened not once nor twice during the years of Wolseys ministry.
On Wolseys back also was saddled the most iniquitous of Henrys acts of tyranny against individualsthe judicial murder of the duke of Buckingham, the highest head among the English nobility.
In the later years of Wolseys ascendancy, nevertheless, that same question was the subject of many anxious thoughts.
The crisis was brought to a head by the failure of Wolseys plan to obtain a divorce.
In 1531 the clergy in convocation, terrified by the charge of praemunirc brought against them for recognizing Wolseys legatine authority, paid Henry a hundred and eighteen thousand pounds and recognized him as supreme head of the church so far as the law of Christ would allow.
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