Thomas Wolsey: Patron of Education

Chapter 1: Introduction

Wolsey was nothing if not grand in his vision. As a man who had risen high in the world, through his education, he determined to emulate his great ecclesiastical predecessor, William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founder of Wolsey's own alma mater, Magdalen College, Oxford and found both a school and university college.

The college came first, with preparations beginning in 1524, and then the school in 1528. Even Wolsey's wealth was not sufficient for his ambitions, so he planned to fund the building work and endow the colleges through the suppression of some smaller monasteries, and the diversion of their wealth.