Period: Jan 1, 1478 to Jan 1, 1490
Early EducationSt Thomas More St Thomas More was educated at St Anthony's School in London, which was considered one of the best schools in London at the time.
Feb 7, 1478
Date and Place of BirthSt Thomas More St Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London on February 7, 1478. St Thomas More was the son of Sir John More, a successful lawyer, and his wife Agnes.
Period: Jan 1, 1490 to Jan 1, 1492
Early WorkSt Thomas More Between the years 1490 and 1492, St Thomas More served as a page in the household of Archbishop Morton, who believed St Thomas More would be a great man.
Jan 1, 1492
UniversitySt Thomas More In the year 1492, St Thomas More left to Oxford to study Law. St Thomas More received a classical education at Oxford University and was a student of both Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn, becoming fluent in both Greek and Latin
Period: Jan 1, 1494 to Jan 1, 1501
Legal Training & ProfessionSt Thomas More In the year 1494 St Thomas More left Oxford at the request of his father to begin legal training at both the New Inn from the years 1494-1496 then the Lincolns Inn where he remained until 1501 when he became a Barrister.
Jan 1, 1499
FriendshipThe Life of Sir Thomas More St Thomas More became close friends with Desiderius Erasmus in the year 1499. This was the beginning of a life long and prosperous friendship which would consist of several literature works including Latin translations and the writing of Encomium Moriae (Praise of Folly).
Period: Jan 1, 1503 to Jan 1, 1504
Contemplation and OccupationSt Thomas More Between the years 1503 & 1504 St Thomas More lived near a monastery, in which he participated in Spiritual Exercises. As a result of this he seriously considered abandoning his legal career to become a monk. He eventually decided to remain on his career as he was elected to parliament in 1504.
Period: Jan 1, 1504 to Jan 1, 1510
Work AchievementsSt Thomas MoreSt Thomas More achieved extremely well in his life both in his legal career and scholary and literature work. Here are some of his achievements throughout his life:
* 1504: He was elected to Parliament to represent Great Yarmouth
* 1510: He was elected to Parliament to represent London.
* From 1510, served as one of the two undersheriffs of the City of London, where he earned a reputation as an honest and effective public servant
* 1514: He became Master of Requests.
Period: Jan 1, 1505 to Jan 1, 1511
First Marrige & Second MarrigeSt Thomas MoreSt Thomas More first married Jane Colt in the year 1505. Jane was said to be a quiet and good natured women. They had four children together, Margaret, Elizabeth, Cicely, and John. Jane then died in the year 1511. Almost immediately after the death of his first wife, St Thomas More re-married a women by the name of Alice Middleton to be a mother for his children. She was a healthy women and had a reputation for being a strong and outspoken woman.
Period: Jan 1, 1514 to Jan 1, 1529
Work AchievementsSt Thomas MoreSt Thomas More continued to achieve in between the years of 1514 and 1525. These were his achievements:
*1514: He became Master of Requests.
*1514: He was appointed as a Privy Councillor.
*1521: He was knighted and made under-treasurer of the Exchequer.
*1523; He was elected as knight of the shire for Middlesex.
*1525: He became chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
*1529: He succeeded to the office of Chancellor.
Jan 1, 1516
UtopiaSt Thomas More St Thomas More created his best known work in the year 1515. Utopia is a novel written in Latin and is an ideal community or society which has a perfect social and political legal system. Some aspects of Utopia are, communal ownership of land, private property does not exist, men and women are educated equally, and there is virtually complete religious acceptance.
Oct 31, 1517
ReformationCatholic EncyclopediaProtestant ReformationThe Protestant Reformation was a religious movement led by Martin Luther. Martin stated that the church should be changed, so that it was less greedy, fairer and accessible to all people. He argued that the reformation was needed because the Catholic Church was corrupt and for other smaller reasons such as the language of the Bible, selling forgiveness and so on. Through the constant protest and as people began to follow the Protestant Church was created.
Jan 1, 1529
Campaign Against the ReformationSt Thomas MoreSt Thomas More strongly supported the Catholic Church and saw the Reformation as heresy and a threat to the Church and society. His early actions against the Reformation included helping Wolsey in preventing Martin Luthers books from being imported into England, spying and investigating possible Protestants, arresting people holding in possession, transporting, or selling the books of the Protestant reformation and there were six burned at the stake for heresy during St More's Chancellorship.
Period: Jan 1, 1530 to Jan 1, 1531
Lead up to ResignationSt Thomas More As the conflict over supremacy between the Pope and the King raged, St Thomas More continued to remain supportive to the supremacy of the Pope over the King. Many events took place which caused the situation to become more serious, these were, In 1530, St Thomas More refused to sign sent out by the leading English churchmen asking the Pope to annul Henry's marriage to Catherine. In 1531, Henry had isolated St More by removing priests who supported the Pope from senior positions in the Church.
Jan 1, 1532
ResignationSt Thomas More In 1531 he attempted to resign as the conflict was beginning to oppose him a lot but his resignation was refused. He again tried in 1532 claiming that he was ill and suffering from chest pains. This time Henry allowed his resignation.
Period: Jan 1, 1533 to Jan 1, 1535
TrialSt Thomas More St Thomas More began his trial on the 1st of July 1535, although several things had occured before hand, these were:
* 1533: He refused to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn as the Queen of England.
*1534: He was accused of conspiring with the "Holy Maid of Kent," Elizabeth Barton.
*13 April 1534: He was asked to appear before a commission and swear his allegiance to the parliamentary Act of Succession.
St Thomas More was on the 1st July 1535 tried & found guilty under the Treason Act 1534.
May 19, 1535
CanonisationSt Thomas More St Thomas More was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonised, with John Fisher, on 19 May 1935 by Pope Pius XI, and his feast day was established as 9 July.
Jul 6, 1535
DeathSt Thomas More Originally St Thomas More as a result of being found guilty was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered but the King over through this execution to a decapitation. St Thomas More was executed on the 6th of July 1535.