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Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, was for a time the most powerful man in England, second only to the King, Henry VIII. Wolsey fell from favour in 1529 and went north to visit his Archdiocese of York. A year later he was accused of high treason and ordered to return to London. On the way, he stopped at Leicester Abbey.

To complement the Royal Collection Season on the BBC Royal Collection Trust's Senior Curator of Paintings, Vanessa Remington, discussed Charles West Cope's painting Cardinal Wolsey at the Gate of Leicester Abbey and other works in the Royal Collection with links to the county.

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The Royal Collection Near You

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British School, 16th century

Richard III (1452-85)