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Thomas More Thomas More was born in London England in 1478 He was truly one to represent the age he lived in a lawyer statesman humanist ascetic advocate for equal rights for women an enlightened teacher Henry the 8ths Lord Chancellor author of Utopia Thomas more was born the son of a Judge and finally as some see him a Roman Catholic Martyr and as i see him a true defender of his morals Sir Thomas fathered four children with his first wife Jane Colt between 1505 and 1510 Jane Colt died during Childbirth in 1510 Sir Thomas remarried in In 1503 Sir Thomas became a member of parliament One of his first acts was to urge a decrease in a proposed appropriation for the King Henry VII Taking revenge for this the King imprisoned Mores father for a debt until it was paid He then forced More to retire to public life until the kings death in 1509In 1518 he became a member of the privy council and was knighted in 1521 He helped the King write his defence of The Seven Sacriments and wrote an answer to Luthers reply under a pseudonym In 1529 More became Lord Chancellor of England this was not to last long for the Kings dispute with the Catholic Church and his need for Mores approval Henry came to him more than once for an answer on his position on Henrys divorce Sir Thomas stayed quiet giving no answer He resigend his office in 1532 citing reasons of ill health but almost definitely because of Henrys oblate defiance of the church Sir Thomas refused to attend the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn in June 1533 something that did not aid his stance with the King In 1534 he was one of the people accused of complicity with Elizabeth Barton the nun of Kent who opposed Henrys break with Rome but was not
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