St Thomas More

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  • Feb 7, 1478

    Date and place of birth

    Date and place of birth
    St Thomas More was born on Milk Street, London, on February the 7th in 1478. He was son of John More a prominent judge and his wife Agnes Graunger.
  • Mar 16, 1482

    Where he went to school

    Where he went to school
    St Thomas More went to St Anthony's School Threadneedle Street in London.
  • Jan 1, 1491

    St Thomas More and the Lord Chancellor

    St Thomas More and the Lord Chancellor
    During this period he was sent to live with of John Morton, Lord Chancellor to King Henry VII and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Feb 23, 1492

    St Thomas More continues his education

    St Thomas More continues his education
    He went and studied Greek and Latin Literature at Oxford University under Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn.
  • Jan 1, 1494

    Continues his education

    Continues his education
    He went to London again and studied law at the University of Oxford.
  • Jan 1, 1496

    His Education

    His Education
    St Thomas More is then sent off to Lincoln's inn to further his knowledge in law. He met Erasmus while he was there.
  • Jan 1, 1499

    His Job

    His Job
    He finishes his studies of law and begins to work as a barrister.
  • Jan 1, 1501

    Which Path?

    Which Path?
    While living as a guest in the London Charterhouse, Thomas More considers entering the priesthood.
  • Jan 1, 1504

    Family Life

    Family Life
    St Thomas More married Jane Coult, 17, and over the years had four children; Margaret, Elizabeth, Cicely and John.
  • Jan 1, 1504

    Into Parliament

    Into Parliament
    St Thomas More decides priesthood is not a good choice and as he is married he decided to join Parliament.
  • Jan 1, 1510

    Honest and an Undersheriff

    Honest and an Undersheriff
    St Thomas More became one of two undersheriffs in London and gained a reputation as a really honest man.
  • Jan 1, 1511

    Death in the Family

    Death in the Family
    Jane Coult dies leaving him with his four children. He marries another woman by the name of Alice Middleton a month later to ensure his children have a mother. Alice also had a daughter that Thomas adopted.
  • Jan 1, 1515

    The Mission to Antwerp

    The Mission to Antwerp
    Thomas More goes on diplomatic mission to Antwerp. While there, he begins to write Utopia.
  • Jan 1, 1516

    Utopia is published

    Utopia is published
    St Thomas More then returns to London and finishes his book Utopia. It is then published. The book sets an ideal nearly impossible social society.
  • Jan 1, 1517

    Personal Servant

    Personal Servant
    St Thomas More becomes King Henry VIII's counsellor and "personal servant".
  • Jan 1, 1518

    The Privy Council and the History of King Richard III

    The Privy Council and the History of King Richard III
    St Thomas More becomes part of the Privy Council of King Henry VIII. The Privy Council is a council that advises the head of the monarchy which at the time was King Henry VIII. At this time St Thomas also started working on a History of King Richard III, which was strongly biased towards the Tudors and was used by William Shakespeare as a base for his play.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Knighthood and Treasurer

    Knighthood and Treasurer
    St Thomas More is then knighted and made Sub-Treasurer after he came back from a diplomatic mission to Rome to meet the Roman Emperor Charles V.
  • Jan 1, 1523

    Elected Speaker and the Responsio ad Lutherum

    Elected Speaker and the Responsio ad Lutherum
    St Thomas more was elected Speaker of the House of Commons.
    During this time he also wrote Responsio ad Lutherum.
  • Jan 1, 1525

    Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster

    Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster
    St Thomas More was made Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster which meant he controlled most of northern England.
  • Jan 1, 1526

    The King in Love

    The King in Love
    King Henry VIII fell madly in love with a lady named Anne Boleyn who he then became obsessed with.
  • Jan 1, 1527

    His Portrait is Painted

    His Portrait is Painted
    Hans Holbein a famous painter paints a portrait of St Thomas More.
  • Jan 1, 1528

    Defence

    Defence
    He began writing in English documents and other forms of text in defence of the Catholic Church.
  • Oct 25, 1529

    Lord Chancellor of England

    Lord Chancellor of England
    St Thomas More was finally made the Lord Chancellor of England after Cardinal Wolsey. He also published "Dialogue Concerning Heresies".
  • Jan 1, 1530

    Divorce?

    Divorce?
    St Thomas More refuses to sign the letter written by the leading English churchmen and courtiers asking the Pope to annul the marriage of King Henry VIII to Katherine of Aragon.
  • Jan 1, 1531

    The Oath

    The Oath
    St Thomas More is forced to take an oath declaring that the king from then on will be the supreme head of the English church "as far the law of Christ allows." He attempted to resign his position but it was refused by the king.
  • May 16, 1532

    Resignation at Last

    Resignation at Last
    St Thomas More didn't believe it right to support King Henry VIII with his attempt to divorce Katherine of Aragon and to marry Anne Boleyn. St Thomas then went through the trouble of asking for his resignation again but to do so he faked the fact that he had an illness and was suffering from sharp chest pains. King Henry VIII grants his request this time.
  • Jan 1, 1533

    Publishing Books

    Publishing Books
    St Thomas More published many books one of them being Confutation of Tyndale's Answer.
  • Jan 25, 1533

    The King remarries

    The King remarries
    King Henry VIII ends up marrying Anne Boleyn and as a consequence of this he is excommunicated from The Church by Pope Clement VII.
  • Mar 23, 1534

    The Marriage is Valid

    The Marriage is Valid
    Pope Clement VII declares that the marriage of King Henry VII to Katherine of Aragon is valid.
  • Mar 30, 1534

    The Act of Succession

    The Act of Succession
    Parliament passes the Act of Succession which allowed King Henry VIII's children from Anne Boleyn to succeed the throne after the king's death and did the opposite of that to any of the children of Katherine of Aragon. Having anything against this act would be considered as high treason.
  • Apr 1, 1534

    Refusal

    Refusal
    St Thomas More was sent to the Tower of London for refusing to take the oath of the Act of Succession. During this time, St Thomas More writes Treatise on the Passion and Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation.
  • Nov 3, 1534

    The Act of Supremacy

    The Act of Supremacy
    King Henry VIII breaks off from the Church of Rome and passes an act, The Act of Supremacy that allowed and validated King Henry VIII as the supreme head of the Church of England.
  • Jul 1, 1535

    Conviction and Trial

    Conviction and Trial
    St Thomas More was convicted and tried for high treason. He was found guilty. He was tried in Westminster Hall and was also accused of perjured testimony.
  • Jul 6, 1535

    The Death of St Thomas More

    The Death of St Thomas More
    St Thomas More was beheaded alongside Bishop Fisher by King Henry VIII on Tower Hill. He was convicted and found guilty of treason.
  • The Canonisation of St Thomas More

    The Canonisation of St Thomas More
    Sir Thomas More became Blessed Thomas More in 1935. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI.