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Thomas More

English statesman, lawyer and philosopher (1478–1535)

1478   -   1535

country of citizenship: Kingdom of England
language of expression: English, Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian
educated at: Lincoln's Inn, Magdalen College School
occupation: philosopher, historian, theologian, politician, poet, statesperson, novelist, poet lawyer, judge, diplomat
position held: Lord Chancellor, Member of the 1504 Parliament, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Member of the 1510 Parliament, Member of the 1523 Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons

Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, judge, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He also served Henry VIII as Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to May 1532. He wrote Utopia, published in 1516, which describes the political system of an imaginary island state. More opposed the Protestant Reformation, directing polemics against the theology of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin and William Tyndale. More also opposed Henry VIII'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. On his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, and God's first". Pope Pius XI canonised More in 1935 as a martyr. Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared him the patron saint of statesmen and politicians.
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1516 book by Thomas More

author: Thomas More
illustrator: Ambrosius Holbein

Utopian language

book by Thomas More

author: Thomas More

Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation

book by Thomas More

author: Thomas More


Responsio ad Lutherum

1523 book by Thomas More

author: Thomas More


The new republic

a commentary on book I of More's Utopia showing its relation to Plato's Republic

author: Colin Starnes, Thomas More, Plato



author: Thomas More

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