Thomas More

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Sir Thomas More (1478 - 1535) was an English lawyer, author, politician, statesman and leading humanist scholar. Whilst still very young, he wrote comedies; one of his first works was a translation of a Latin biography of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. In 1516 he wrote his most famous work, Utopia. In April, 1534, More refused to swear to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy, and was committed to the Tower of London on April 17. More was found guilty of treason and was beheaded alongside Bishop Fisher on July 6, 1535. [1]

He was a close friend of Erasmus.

More was beatified in 1886 and canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint in 1935.In 1980 Sir Thomas More was made a saint by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Roman Catholic Feast Day: June 22.
Anglican Feast Day: July 6.


  • Comedies
  • English Poems
  • The Life of Pico della Mirandola (trans., 1510)
  • The History of King Richard the Third (c.1513-1518)
  • Utopia (1516)
  • The Four Last Things (c. 1522)
  • A Dialogue Concerning Tyndale (1529)
  • The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer (1532)
  • A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation (1535)
  • Sadness of Christ (1535)
  • Instructions and Prayers (1534-1535)

The king's good servant, but God's first

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