Saint Thomas More

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  • Feb 7, 1478

    The birth os Saint Thomas More

    The birth os Saint Thomas More
    On the seventh of February 1478, Thomas More was born to Sir John More a prominent judge and his first wife Agnes Graunger More, Milk Street, in London, England.
  • Jan 1, 1491

    Earlier Education

    Earlier Education
    Thomas was thought to be a great man in the future. He was sent to St. Anthony's school in Threadneedle Street and was cared for in the house of John Morton (Lord Chancellor to King Henry VII) and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Jan 1, 1505

    Family Life

    Family Life
    Thomas had serious thoughts of joining the Priesthood but decided that he would be a better father and husband than a priest. He married Jane Colt at the age of 27 and fathered their four children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Cecily and John.
  • Jan 1, 1511

    A Time of Happiness and Sorrow

    A Time of Happiness and Sorrow
    Sir Thomas More was the host of the honourable Autumn lectures (speeches) at the Lincoln's Inn. His happiness came to an abrupt halt when Jane his beloved wife died. Although he put that aside and found another woman named Alice Middleton who was also a widdow to take over the role as his wife and mother to his children
  • Jan 1, 1515

    Literature and Works

    Literature and Works
    Thomas was a man who had the talents of understanding and creating literature and philosophy. During a political duty in a place known as Antwerp, More began writing his first piece of literature called UTOPIA. It is believed to be one of the most exceptional dialogues of all of history.
  • Jan 1, 1516

    Publishing Utopia

    Publishing Utopia
    Utopia is formally published and is a stroke of genius.
  • Jan 1, 1517

    Serving King Henry VIII

    Serving King Henry VIII
    More was placed as the secretary of King Henry VIII. Through this role he obtained a few responsibilities but more importantly the loyalty and trust of the king.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Being Knighted

    Being Knighted
    In honour of all his services More was knighted by King Henry.
  • Jan 1, 1535

    The Verdict

    The Verdict
    The jury found him guilty of treason and suggested his execution by hanging, being drawn and quartered. But this was overthrown by the king. He ordered Thomas More to be executed by amputating his head.
  • Jul 1, 1535

    Judged in Trial

    Judged in Trial
    Sir Thomas More was trialed infront of a selected panel of judges. He was found guilty of eminent treason. He then awaited his death five days later.
  • Jul 6, 1535

    The Death of Saint Thomas More

    The Death of Saint Thomas More
    Thomas was tried on 1st July and was convicted of treason later beheaded at Tower Hill on the 6th of July 1535. His final words were quoted as " The king's good servant, but God's first."
  • Beatification

    Beatification
    Sir Thomas More was formally beatified by Pope Leo XIII.
  • Thomas More's Canonization

    Thomas More's Canonization
    Finally after 400 years Sir Thomas More was canonized in the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI. He was later named the Patron Saint of politicians and statesmen. It was never believed that a Politician could become a Saint.
  • Period:
    Jan 1, 1492
    to
    Jan 1, 1496

    University and Education

    Thomas More continued his law studies at Oxford and later in 1496 was taken into Lincoln's Inn to further his law studies. He also exposed himself to the Carthusians wanting to become a monk.<a href='http://http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=Sir+Thomas+more+at+Oxford+University&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=675&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=3aTgq3BHMY19xM:&imgrefurl=http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/118453/enlarge&docid=bfXII5Z0E6ohCM&imgurl=http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/118453/large/C0054650-Sir_Thomas_More,_En
  • Period:
    Jan 1, 1499
    to
    Jan 1, 1504

    Life after University

    After completing his studies Sir Thomas More began working as a barrister. Then later in 1504 he became a member of Parliament. Although he chose to enter politics Thomas still prioritised his Catholic religion and beliefs.<a href='http://http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=Sir+Thomas+more+as+a+barrister&hl=en&gbv=2&biw=1440&bih=675&tbm=isch&tbnid=KSZNEp7ujAR33M:&imgrefurl=http://www.all-art.org/Visual_History/262.htm&docid=sm1zL-_EPw0QiM&imgurl=http://cdn2.all-art.org/Visual_History/early_modern_
  • Period:
    Jan 1, 1521
    to
    Jan 1, 1531

    Rising Steadily

    Through the ten years after being knighted Sir Thomas More steadily rose ing status finally reaching the Lord Chancellor of England in 1529. On the 3rd of November 1529 he opened the parliament house that was later used to sign the document of his death. In 1530, he refused to sign the annulment document for the King and his wife, this brought on arguments of the laws of heresy and then later in 1531 Thomas forcibly took an oath stating that the king bethe head of the Church of England.
  • Period:
    Jan 1, 1532
    to
    Jan 1, 1534

    The Fall of Sir Thomas More

    in 1532, More resigned from his position as Lord Chancellor of England. Then in 1533, he refused to attend the coronation of the King's new wife causing more tension. April 13th 1534 Thomas refused to take the oath that dictates the king as the Head of the English Church and the King's annulment from Catherine. Sir Thomas was found guilty of treason on the 17th of April 1534 and was locked in the London Tower after four days.