Thomas More

Thomas More was born in London, England in 1478.

His father was a judge and his mother died when Thomas was 7.

He went to school at St. Anthony's School and Oxford University. He studied common law but also wanted to become a monk.


More was very dedicated which ultimately leads to his death. He also felt he had a duty to God.


More began to take a more serious role in politics. He published the book Utopia.

He also stood up to King Henry VIII by not accepting him as head of the Church of England.


By writing Utopia, More developed a new form of literature and expression which many people still use today. He also gave many politicians the courage to stand up to the king, which eventually leads to less power for the king for future generations.


More was found guilty of treason for standing up to the king. He was beheaded on July 6, 1535.

His final words were...

"The King's good servant, but God's first."

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