Feb 7, 1478
The Birth of Thomas Morehttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm He was born in London on the 7th of February, 1478. He was the son of a successful English lawyer and Jusge, John More, and a woman named Agnes More. Thomas More was the only surving son of Justice John More.
Period: Feb 7, 1478 to
The life of Thomas More
Jan 1, 1492
Thomas More attends Oxford Universityhttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm Thomas More studied Greek and Latin Literature at the Oxford University. During the period of time in which he studied at Oxford, Thomas More began to attract more attention to him self especially attention from the Archbishiop due to his intellect.
Jan 1, 1494
Acceptance into Lawhttp://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=324 After He finished his course at Oxford University, Thomas More left Oxford and returned to London where he was accepted to study Law at Lincoln's Inn.
Jan 1, 1501
Graduationhttp://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=324 Thomas More Graduated from Lincolns Inn in 1501 and became a Barrestor. The fact that Thomas More became a Lawyer really contributed to the English Reformation and the Reformation of the Catholic church as he was really involved in religious and political matters.
Jan 1, 1505
Marriage to Jane Colthttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm In 1505, Thomas More married his beloved. They had four children together. Jane Colt passed away during child birth.
Jan 1, 1506
Second Marriage to Alice Middletonhttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm
Very soon after his late wife, More remarried a woman named Alice Middleton. She was a devoted housewife that took care of his younger children
Jan 1, 1510
Thomas More Becomes an Undersherif of London,http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/thomas_more.htm In 1510 Thomas More became one of the two undersherifs of London. Being an Undersherif allowed Thomas More to develop a reputation in both law and politics.
Jan 1, 1516
The developing Relationship of More and King Henryhttp://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/thomas_more.htm In 1516 Thomas More published "Utopia". This peice of writing definatly strengenthened the relationship of Thomas More and King Henry. After two years, in 1518, King Henry initiated Thomas More as a member into the Kings Council.
Jan 1, 1521
More Challenges Luther on behalf of King Henryhttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm
In 1521, Thomas More was Knighted by King Henry. King Henry also asked More to reply to the "99 Theses" by Martin Luther. Firstly, This stirred up alot of controversy, as More, being a man of solid religious background, agreed that there were some parts of the Catholic church which should be modernised, However, he believed that it was up to the Church to make those decisions.
Jan 1, 1523
Elected Speaker of the House of Commonshttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm
After the publication of Utopia, King Henry grew fond of Thomas More. This then greatly influenced the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons in the Kings Council.
Jan 1, 1529
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancasterhttp://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/thomas_more.htm
Thomas More reached the height of his carrer as he was apointed as Lord Chancellor. As Chancellor it was his role against heretics. He wrote many pamphlets against heresy and banned unorthadox books.
May 1, 1532
Resignation from High Posthttp://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/thomas_more.htm
In May 1532 Thomas More resigned from his post as Lord Chancellor. There have been many rumors on why he had resigned from such a high post. Thomas More claimed resignation due to "illness". However others believed that More disaproved King Henry's stance towards the church.
May 1, 1534
More refuses to swear on the Act of Supremecyhttp://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/supremacy.htm
In 1534, King Henry decided to pass a bill around to allow him to hold the title as the "supreme head of church." Thomas More was most definatly against this, as he believed that the head of the church is Rome.
Jul 6, 1535
The Execution of Thomas Morehttp://www.luminarium.org/renlit/morebio.htm
On this date, Thomas More was trialed and found guilty for high treason. He was sentanced to be be-headed on the tower of London along his college Bishop Fisher. The last words of the amazing Thomas More were as follows "The King's good servant, but God's First."
He was Beatified in 1866
Saint Thomas More was canonized 400 years after his death by Pope Pius XI.