Person:Thomas More (13)

Sir Thomas More
b.6 Feb 1478
m. WFT Est 1466-1498
  1. Johanna More
  2. Agatha More
  3. Sir Thomas More - 1535
  4. Edward More - 1541
  5. Elizabeth More - 1538
m. by Jan 1505
  1. Margaret Giggs
  2. Margaret More1505 - 1544
  3. Elizabeth More1506 - 1564
  4. Cecilia More1507 -
  5. John More1509 - 1547
  • HSir Thomas More - 1535
  • WAlice
m. 1511
Facts and Events
Name Sir Thomas More
Gender Male
Alt Birth[1] 6 or 7 Feb 1477 or 1478
Reference Number? Q42544?
Birth[1] 6 Feb 1478
Marriage by Jan 1505 to Johanna Colt
Marriage 1511 to Alice
Death[1] 6 Jul 1535 London, London, EnglandThe Tower
Burial? 6 July 1535 Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London

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Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. He wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary, ideal island nation.

More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther, Henry VIII, John Calvin and William Tyndale. More also opposed the king's separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to acknowledge Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. After refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, he was convicted of treason and executed. Of his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, but God's first".

Pope Pius XI canonised More in 1935 as a martyr. Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared him the "heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians".[1] Since 1980, the Church of England has remembered More liturgically as a Reformation martyr. The Soviet Union honoured him for the purportedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia.[2][3][4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 MORE, Thomas I (1477/78-1535), of London and Chelsea, Mdx., in The History of Parliament.
  2.   Stephen, Leslie, ed, and Sidney, ed Lee. Dictionary of National Biography. (London: Smith, Elder, 1885-1900), 49:429-449.
  3.   In 1505, aged twenty-seven, More married his first wife, Jane Colt, ten years his junior. According to More's son-in-law and first biographer William Roper, More had wanted to marry John Colt's second daughter, but felt that Jane would be humiliated if one of her younger sisters was married before she was. The marriage was happy and they had four children; three daughters - Margaret (More's favourite child, affectionately known as Meg), Elizabeth (Beth), Cicely (Cecy) and a son, John (Jack). In addition to his own children, More also adopted an orphaned girl, Margaret Giggs. He was a very devoted father, always asking his children to write to him when he was away, even if they did not have anything particular to tell him, and unable to bring himself to beat them with anything more than a peacock feather. Unusual for the time, he put as much effort into educating his daughters as he did his son, declaring that women were just as intelligent as men. Jane died in 1511 and More remarried almost immediately, so that his children would have a mother. His second wife, Alice Middleton, was a widow seven years his senior. She and More had no children together, although he adopted her daughter, also named Alice. More said that his new wife was "nec bella nec puella" - literally, "neither a pearl nor a girl", meaning that Alice possessed neither beauty nor youth. Erasmus cruelly described her nose as "the hooked beak of the harpy". Despite the fact that their characters were very different, More and his wife apparently became very affectionate towards one another, although he was unable to educate her as he had educated Jane. In his epitaph, which he wrote himself, More praised Jane for bearing him four children, and Alice for being a loving stepmother. He declared that he could not tell who he loved best, and expressed the hope that they would all be reunited in death.