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Thomas More

Catholic Saint
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Residence: City of London
Country: British
BirthDay: 7 February 1478
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: July 6, 1535
Education: University of Oxford
BIOGRAPHY

Thomas More was bornon 7 February 1478 in City of London, British, is Catholic Saint. Sir Thomas More was an English social philosopher and statesman who served as a councilor to King Henry VIII and Lord High Chancellor of England from 1529 to 1532. A noted Renaissance humanist and a staunch Catholic, he opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. Born as the son of a prominent lawyer, More followed in his father’s footsteps and obtained a legal education. Eventually he entered the King’s services and became one of his most trusted and respected civil servants. Over a period of time he also gained a reputation as a scholar and penned down several works, the most well-known one being ‘Utopia’. An important member of the English court, he vehemently opposed King Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church and refused to acknowledge the annulment of the King’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. His relationship with the King deteriorated greatly when he declined to acknowledge the King as Supreme Head of the Church of England and refused to take the Oath of Supremacy. This led the King to arrest him and have him tried for treason. He was convicted and sentenced to death. Centuries later he was declared a martyr and canonized by Pope Pius XI

TIMELINE
1886

Pope Leo XIII beatified Thomas More in December 1886, and Pope Pius XI canonized him in May 1935

1534

After being arrested by the King for his refusal to take the Oath of Supremacy, he was put on trial for high treason and tried under the Treason Act 1534

1502

After completing his training in 1502, Thomas More was called to the Bar

1496

After receiving legal training at New Inn, one of the Inns of Chancery, he became a student at Lincoln’s Inn, one of England's four legal societies, in 1496

1490

He became a household page to John Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England in 1490 and served him for two years

1478

Thomas More was born on 7 February 1478 to Sir John More and his wife Agnes

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