His main triumph was to retain the king’s favor for years

On November 29, 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who was in the king's favor for most of his life, died at Leicester Abbey around the age of 57. From 1515 to 1529, Wolsey had a profound influence on King Henry.  He was an extremely dedicated and ardent administrator who held various important...

The boy king of France

On November 1, 1179, fourteen year-old Philippe Capet was crowned and anointed at Rheims as King of the Franks. By the time of Philippe’s death nearly 44 years later, he had greatly enlarged and transformed his dominion, and he was the first French monarch to style himself as the “King...