Thomas More

Thomas More, Utopia

  • born in London, Feb. 7, 1478; executed by Henry VIII, July 6, 1535.
  • was a highly educated lawyer who, as England was turning to a Reformation faith, remained devoutly Roman Catholic.
  • wrote his political and social fiction, Utopia, about an imaginary island with an ideal government, in 1516.
  • served as Henry VIII of England’s lord chancellor.
  • refused to swear the oath of supremacy making Henry the head of the English church.
  • was beheaded for treason by Henry’s decree.
  • for his martyrdom to the Roman Catholic faith, Pope Pius XI presided over his canonization as St. Thomas More on May 19, 1935.

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