The Tudor Society

October 3 – Cardinal Wolsey celebrates a treaty

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd October 1518, King Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, sang a mass to the king and the French ambassadors at St Paul's Cathedral.

Wolsey was celebrating a treaty that had been made between England and France.

The celebrations also included a banquet and a lavish masque of lords and ladies dressed beautifully and disguised with masking hoods. Among those disguised were some well-known courtiers, people like Sir Francis Bryan and Bessie Blount, Henry VIII's mistress.

Hear a contemporary description of this masque...

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October 3 – Cardinal Wolsey celebrates a treaty