Leading historians will gather in Ipswich next month to explore the life and legacy of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the town’s most famous son.
Born into humble beginnings in Ipswich, Thomas Wolsey used his intellect to excel at university and rose to become one of the most influential men in Europe. As Lord Chancellor and prelate of England, Cardinal Wolsey was the most powerful man in the realm after King Henry VIII.
Wolsey made plans for a great college in Ipswich and surrounded himself with finery. His tomb was to be decorated with gleaming angels but he fell from grace and died with few friends and all his riches gone. An important exhibition looking at Wolsey’s life – and containing the angels – is currently on in Christchurch Mansion.
The Thomas Wolsey Study Day on Saturday 24th February will welcome the following speakers:
Revd. Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch (Oxford University and BBC presenter);
Prof Glenn Richardson (St Mary’s University and Tudor period author);
Dr Amanda Flather (University of Essex, expert on Early Modern England);
Dr Tom Freeman (Lecturer at University of Essex, expert on Medieval and Early Modern periods);
Lisa Temple-Cox (Ipswich Museums Service artist in residence);
Phil Roberts (Tudor historian).