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.