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Thomas More, About What He Did In His Life And Why He Was So Hard To Put Down By The Catholic Church And Many Of His Former Friends In The English Government

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Thomas MoreThomas More was born in London, England in 1478. He wastruly one to represent the age he lived in, a lawyer, statesman,humanist, ascetic, advocate for equal rights for women, anenlightened teacher, Henry the 8ths Lord Chancellor, author ofUtopia. Thomas more was born the son of a Judge, and finally (assome see him) a Roman Catholic Martyr and (as i see him) a truedefender of his moralsSir Thomas fathered four children with his first wife Jane Colt between 1505 and 1510. Jane Colt died during Childbirth in 1510. Sir Thomas remarried inIn 1503 Sir Thomas became a member of parliament. One ofhis first acts was to urge a decrease in a proposed ...view middle of the document...

Henry came to him more than once for an answer on his position on Henry's divorce, Sir Thomas stayed quiet giving no answer. He resigend his office in 1532, citing reasons of ill health, but almost definitely because of Henrys oblate defiance of the church. Sir Thomas refused to attend the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn in June 1533, something that did not aid his stance with the King. In 1534 he was one of the people accused of complicity with Elizabeth Barton, the nun of Kent who opposed Henry's break with Rome, but was not attainted due to protection from the Lords who refused to pass the bill until More's name was off the list of names. However, More could not escape jailing when he refused to swear to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy. More was committed to the Tower of London on April 17 1535. His trial was held and false evidence was provided against him. He was executed on July 6, 1535. More was beatified in 1886 and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.Sir Thomas More was an Honourable man that lived strictly by his morals. Although there were certain technichalities that concerned Anne Boleyns marriage to Henry the 8th he believed that it was "unholy" and therefore could never support it. He took his morals with him to his death, and would not compromise for anything. This i find a quality of utter importance and wish dearly there were more people of his beliefs alive today.

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