The Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

In this series join Zac as he explores the history and secrets the the famous Hampton Court Palace, home to Henry VIII, holds.

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The Secrets of Hampton Court Palace: Cardinal Wolsey

In this episode Zac is finding out all about the person who owned the palace before Henry VIII...

Who was Cardinal Wolsey?

Cardinal Wolsey was the original owner of Hampton Court Palace, before it belonged to King Henry VIII it was his.

He worked as Henry’s Chief Advisor which meant that he looked after almost everything for the king from taxes to laws to wars, he was the kings right hand man.

Why did he give Hampton Court Palace away?

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Because henry wanted it and he didn’t want to say no to the king.

The king was also not very happy with him back then so he probably wanted to get back in his good books.

King Henry wanted a divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon, but this was against their religion so it was up to Cardinal Wolsey to sort it out with the Pope but the Pope wouldn’t allow it.

What happened to Cardinal Wolsey in the end?

He never managed to persuade the Pope to allow the divorce, he ended up giving the palace to Henry and dying in disgrace.

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The Secrets of Hampton Court Palace

In this series join Zac as he explores the history and secrets the the famous Hampton Court Palace, home to Henry VIII, holds.

More From The Secrets of Hampton Court Palace