Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Whatever happened to Cardinal Wolsey's illegitimate sons?

Their mother's name was Joan Lark. She worked as an innkeeper. Wolsey worked with Henry VIII.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    According to my research, Wolsey had only one son, Thomas Wynter who was sent to live with a family in Willesden.

    In 1532, he obtained a license to remain abroad and to travel with a retinue of three servants, four horses or geldings, ambling or trotting, and baggage as usual. He was not good with money, however, so he frequently lived in poor--often wretched--conditions.

    In 1537 he obtained the Archdeaconry of Cornwall. He took the post with great alacrity not out of a desire to take holy orders, but because the position was paid, and offered a chance to pay off his creditors and live well. Some months later, Wynter was collated to the Archdeaconry.

    In 1540, Wynter was called before a Bishop's Court, " answer a charge of evil living." Principally among the charges against him were gambling.

    The minutes of the trial make confusing reading, but it appears that Wynter hit upon the clever solution of using the deed of a house he owned as tender, which he then "gave" to George Stapleton, the bishop's chief aide. The intent, obviously, was to make the charges go away.

    After this, Wynter disappears from the historical record. This is not entirely surprising. Bear in mind that this was right at the height of the Roman Catholic "purge" in England. Churches were being relieved of all its superfluous wealth; the monasteries were disappearing, and chantries, religious gilds and collegaite churches were falling left and right. Churches were being stripped, the buildings were being sold, and their lands seized by the crown. Wynter--an Archdeacon--may well have felt that for his own safety it would be better to simply disappear.

    All that remains is a fragmentary report that he married and had children. If that is the case, then one of two things happened: either he gave up the cloth and assumed a harmless profession (teacher or clerk--both of which he had performed in the church); or, he remained in the newly reformed Church of England, which allowed him to openly marry. Regardless, Thomas Wynter disappears into history, and has yet to be found.

    It should also be noted that Cardinal Wolsey also had a daughter, Dorothy, who was sent away to be raised by and to become a nun. She apparently had no issue.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Thomas Wynter (born circa 1528) and a daughter, Dorothy (born circa 1512), both of whom lived to adulthood. The son was sent to live with a family in Willesden and was tutored in his early years by Maurice Birchinshaw. He married and had children. Dorothy was adopted by John Clansey, and was in due course placed in Shaftsbury Nunnery, which had a fine reputation as a 'finishing school'. After the later dissolution of the monasteries (under Thomas Cromwell) she received a pension

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  • 1 decade ago

    The son was sent to live with a family in Willesden. The girl was adopted and sent to a nunnery.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well I hate to state the obvious but they'd have died quite a few centuries ago LOL

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