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Born February 7 1478 in London to John and Agnes More Thomas More grew from humble beginnings to attain one of the highest political and judicial office of England second only to the kings chair As a boy he served as a page in the household of Archbishop Morton He was recognized throughout early sixteenth-century Europe as one of the great lawyers Christian humanists and classical scholars of his day Even at a very young age More made it very clear that he had some very exceptional gifts Because of this a family friend successfully persuaded his father to allow him to go to Oxford University He studied at Oxford and the Inns of Court but did not automatically follow in his fathers footsteps More enjoyed his studies there so much that his father became very alarmed Two years into the program he decided that his son should learn something more useful Under what seems to have been considerable force Thomas traveled back to London to study law at New Inn He was deeply torn between the appeal of a life of ascetic devotion and an active role in public affairs Although this law program was among the on of the best and most demanding in London More found time to continue his study of philosophy literature Greek and theology with such world-renowned teachers as Linacre Grocyn and Colet as well as with the devout and educated Carthusians In 1499 he determined to become a monk and subjected himself to the discipline of the Carthusians Meanwhile More excelled at his legal studies at the New Inn Once he finished he read through the law again at Lincolns Inn for two more years after which he was chosen as reader at Furnivalls Inn and re-appointed for three successive years - a significant honor for such a young man During these years of studying and teaching More continued an intense life of prayer during
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