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Wolsey was lord chancellor and was the person that henry went to whenever he needed advice or help. Wolsey had failed with his domestic reforms. This began the start of the fall of Wolsey. I fully agree with this statement because there is a lot of evidence that suggests his foreign policies were a massive failure.
I agree with this statement because of the treaty of Cambrai. Following Francis’ defeat to Charles The treaty of Cambrai was a treaty where Francis and Charles made peace with each other. However henry and Wolsey were only informed of this at the very last minute which meant that England were no longer seen to be an equal to both France and the Habsburg empire. In addition to this it would have meant that England were not really considered to be an ally of either side. These things would have been a massive failure from Wolsey because he failed to show that England were worthy of being an equal to France and the Habsburg empire.
Another reason I agree with this statement is because of the field of the cloth of gold. In 1520 there was a meeting between Francis I (king of France) and king Henry VIII ( king of England). This consisted of feasting jousting and a wrestling match between the two kings. Although this may have brought prestige to Henry, its original aim was to strengthen the relationship with France. However, this policy failed to do this as there was no improvement in the relationship between France and England as 2 years later the 2 countries were at war with each other. Another negative impact from thus was that Spain was beginning to become very suspicious that England were taking sides with France. This would have made Spain more likely to go against England if anything had happened. Wolsey failed with this foreign policy as it did not improve the relationship between Francis and Henry as he originally had intended.
On the other hand some people may disagree with this statement because of the treaty of London. This foreign policy was where Wolsey had organised Europe's 20 leading rulers which consisted of countries such as Spain and France and the pope (which were 2 of the most powerful countries at the time) to meet up and they had agreed to sign something that states that none of these countries would attack each other and if one power did go to war all of the other powers would turn against the aggressor and punish them. This was a massive success for many reasons such as it brought immense prestige to Henry VIII as he was seen as the great European peacemaker. It also placed England right in the centre of European diplomacy. Another success was that England was starting to be seen as a significant power like France and Spain. This foreign policy overall was a huge success as it brought great power to England and gave Henry VIII great prestige.
In conclusion, I agree with this statement because Wolsey's policies had failed to bring prestige to England and henry as England were not seen as a significant power by France and Spain because England were only notified of the treaty of Cambrai at the very last minute. Wolsey also failed to improve the relationship between France and England in the field of the cloth of gold because 2 years after this war had already broken out between France and England.