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Thomas More studied at Canterbury Hall Oxford and read law at the Inns of Court being called to the bar in 1501 Thomas was happiest in the bosom of his family--three generations living under one roof in Chelsea and the congenial group of poets scientists and humanists that often gathered in his home rather than at court Henry VIII was a man of rare personal magnetism even Sir Thomas yielded to his charm Thomass daughter Margaret married Roper who writes of Mores friendship with Henry VIII when the king had finished his devotions on holy days he would talk to More about diverse matters often far into the night More often dined with the king and queen Thomas would try to get two days per month to spend with his family but he would be recalled to court So Thomas tried to change his disposition before the king to be less likable until the king started to come to Chelsea with Thomas and to be merry there He recognized early that Henrys whims might prove dangerous to Thomass health and life More had considered the priesthood in his youth and of joining the Franciscans but his confessor advised against it In 1505 he married Jane Colt though it is said he preferred her younger sister She bore him four children Margaret married Roper Elizabeth Cecily and John In the evening Jane would study for an hour or two because Thomas wished her to be a scholar or she would sing or play the clavichord Jane died in 1510 Soon after Janes death he married Alice Middleton an older woman Margaret the eldest child was five Alice was unlearned but had a great sense of humor Thomas scolded her for her vanity and she reproached him for his lack of ambition More cared strongly for his children and their education especially for Margaret His home was a menagerie of birds monkeys foxes
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