5m lost masterpieces are coming to his home town of Ipswich Thomas Wolsey, often described as the son of a butcher in Ipswich, rose through the church to become Cardinal the Pope's representative in this country and the right hand man to King Henry VIII.
Bronze coach purses outlet store online candle bearing angel, about 1524 9, by Benedetto da Rovezzano made for Cardinal Wolsey's tomb. Picture: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM He was the most powerful commoner in the land. His role in the King's series of marriages is well known. But Wolsey later fell from favour. Born in 1473, he was on his way back to London in 1530, where he was due to face charges of high treason, when he fell ill and died at Leicester Abbey. Sculptor Benedetto da Rovezzano made the angels for Cardinal Wolsey's tomb. Picture: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM Mystery surrounds the exact circumstances. He was accompanied by his chaplain, Edward Bonner, who later became Bishop of London. It was certainly convenient for the King, as it removed somebody who had coach bags canada become annoying to him, without the need of a public trial, and any further difficulties being caused with the Pope. On November 29, 1530, coach outlet online sale 2015 Thomas Wolsey died, and was buried in the grounds at Leicester Abbey. Cardinal Wolsey had very different plans for his funeral and entombment, expecting something much grander, of black and white marble and gilded bronze. The angels were appropriated by King Henry VIII after Wolsey's death. Picture: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM He had the black marble sarcophagus designed and made for him, with four angels as corner posts by an Italian sculptor. King Henry confiscated it, and was said to have fancied the sarcophagus for himself, but that never happened. In fact the sarcophagus was used for another national hero, centuries later. When Admiral Lord Nelson died, coach outlet locations by zip code in the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, he was placed in a coffin made from the mast of a French ship and then into the ornate tomb which is under the St Paul's Cathedral. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey That tomb is Wolsey's black marble sarcophagus. The whereabouts of the four Wolsey's angels were unknown for centuries. Had they been destroyed, or stolen, or were they sitting forgotten in a store room? The answer was revealed a couple of years ago.
They were hidden in plain sight they had been used as gateposts at a Northamptonshire golf club for years. Christchurch Mansion will host the angels exhibition. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR It was only after two of them were stolen, and they ended up in an antique shop in Paris where they were spotted by an academic, that their significance was revealed.
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