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Thomas More

English Renaissance humanist

1478   -   1535

country of citizenship: England
educated at: Lincoln's Inn
occupation: philosopher, historian, theologian, politician, poet, statesperson, novelist, poet lawyer, judge, diplomat
position held: Lord Chancellor, Member of Parliament in the Parliament of England, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Member of the 1510 Parliament, Member of the 1523 Parliament

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 canonized More in 1935 as a martyr. Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared him the "heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians". Since 1980, the Church of England has remembered More liturgically as a Reformation martyr. The Soviet Union honored him for the purportedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia.
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book by Thomas More

author: Thomas More
illustrator: Ambrosius Holbein

  • L’Utopie de Thomas Morus

    edition of: Utopia
    author: Thomas More
    P655: Samuel de Sorbiere
    edition language: English
    publisher: Joan Blaeu
    date of publication: 1643

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  • Utopian language

    book by Thomas More

    author: Thomas More

  • L'Utopie de Thomas Morus, traduction nouvelle, par M. Victor Stouvenel, avec une introduction, une notice bibliographique et des notes par le traducteur

    edition of: Utopia
    author: Thomas More
    author of foreword: Thomas More
    P655: Victor Stouvenel
    edition language: Latin
    publisher: Paulin
    date of publication: 1842 or 1927

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  • Public
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  • 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


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