Once while Thomas was hearing Mass, King Henry sent for him. He did not leave until the Mass was finished, but sent this message: "As soon as my audience with the king of Heaven is ended, I will at once obey the desire of my earthly King."
King Henry wanted a law passed making himself head of the Church of England, because the Pope would not grant jim a divorce from the Queen. When Thomas refused to consider such as law and resigned his position, he was arrested. (continue on other timespan)