Cardinal Wolsey is forced to abandon his proposed unparliamentary tax

(52 words)
  • Editors

Historical Context Note

To meet the costs of a proposed invasion of France, Cardinal Wolsey had attempted to raise funds via the 'Amicable Grant', a tax he levied on everyone worth £50 a year without Parliamentary sanction. However, he was forced to withdraw his demands in the face of considerable opposition, his first real political failure.
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Editors. "Cardinal Wolsey is forced to abandon his proposed unparliamentary tax". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=14349, accessed 02 October 2014.]