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Henry's most important minister was the ordained Catholic priest, Thomas Wolsey, who  entered into the royal service in the summer of 1509. Wolsey became Archbishop of  York in late 1514, was created a cardinal of the Church the following November, and  replaced William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, as Lord Chancellor of the realm in  December 1515. Wolsey achieved singular stature in these offices; since Henry was not  so interested in administration as his minister, Wolsey took over many of the duties of  kingship. While Wolsey was busy overseeing England's finances and diplomatic  relations with other European powers, King Henry often spent his days on horseback,  enjoying himself with the hunt and other sports. He tended to exasperate his  secretaries, who had to make excuses for him when he declined to read dispatches or to  engage in other administrative activities. In the spring and summer of 1520, Henry met twice with the young Holy Roman 
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