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St Thomas More was born on February 7th either 1477 or 1478 The exact year is unknown He was born to John and Agnes More in Milk Street London John More Thomass father was a lawyer of London and born around 1450 His father was William More He was a citizen and baker of London and married Johanna She was the daughter and heiress of John Joye who was a citizen and brewer of London Mores relatives were all from London and Thomas lived there for 45 years before moving At the age of 7 Thomas attended St Anthonys School in London He went there for 5 years and then 2 years later became a student at Oxford University More enjoyed his studies there so much that his dad got scared and after 2 years made him transfer to study pre-law at New Inn Even though this program was among the best law programs and very demanding More still found time to continue his studies of Greek philosophy literature and theology Meanwhile More kept getting better and better at his studies at the New Inn After 2 years he read through the law again at Lincolns Inn until he was 20 He was then chosen to be a reader at Furnivalls Inn and re-appointed for 3 years in a row During these years of studying and teaching More also led an intense life of prayer He decided to find what his vocation was By the age of 25 he was convinced that his place was with city and family not monastery and cell At age 27 he was elected to Parliament and at age 28 he married Jane Colt He had 4 children with Jane Margaret 1505 Elizabeth 1506 Cecily 1507 and John 1509 Jane died in 1511 leaving More alone with 4 children For their sake a month later More re-married to Alice Middleton In 1509 Henry the VIII was crowned Later More
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