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Thomas More A Man For All Seasons In A Man For All Seasons Thomas More was found guilty of treason because he refused to support King Henry VIIIs decision to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon The King sought this divorce because he wanted to marry his mistress Anne Boleyne King Henry contended he was entitled to the divorce because Catherine had been married to Arthur Henrys older brother Upon Arthurs death Catherine was betrothed to Henry Although King Henry had received prior church approval to marry Catherine he pointed out to the Pope that according to the Bible it was wrong to marry your brothers wife More did not accept King Henrys argument As More saw it King Henry should not be allowed the divorce because his marriage had been approved previously by the Pope I believe that Thomas More was treated unfairly in A Man For All Seasons for two reasons First Henry promised to leave More out of the divorce proceedings and then he broke that promise Second More was treated unjustly during his trials Early in the film King Henry paid a visit to More his chancellor During the visit it became apparent that the King thought of Thomas as more than a chancellor he viewed More as a friend Henry respected Mores opinion and became extremely frustrated with his many attempts to persuade More to accept the divorce Finally when the King realized that More could not accept the divorce he promised to exempt More from any decisions pertaining to the divorce The leader of the divorce campaign was Thomas Cromwell who was next in line for the chancellors position He framed More hoping that More would be forced to resign as chancellor Cromwell then wrote an oath which forced people to prove they accepted King Henrys divorce Even though the King
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