To still the tempest Wolsey had only one resource left: this was to render Clement favourable to his master's designs.
Henry and Wolsey had the good sense to act on this sound advice.
In his last years Henry had surrounded himself by ministers less notable and less capable than Wolsey or Cromwell.
For ten years Henry had reigned while first his council, and then Wolsey, governed.
Did he, for example, direct Wolsey or did Wolsey (as is the common view) in reality lead his King while appearing to follow him.
The Emperor's triumph was, indeed, as fatal to the Papacy as it was to Wolsey.
Wolsey also had narrowly escaped with his life, after repeated attacks.
Wolsey was carefully excluded from all share in the negotiations.
But these expressions were few, for, though tottering, Wolsey was yet too formidable to be insulted with impunity.
Had he died when Wolsey fell, what would have been his place in history?