Saint Thomas More, A Catholic Martyr

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Madison Doherty
Theology 9-04
Mr. Bello
January 8, 2016

Saint Thomas More Saint Thomas More, a Catholic Martyr, was born on February 7, 1478 in Milk Street, London. He was a reformer, English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and Renaissance humanist. Many of his friends were bishops and scholars. He wrote the book Utopia, about the political system of an ideal nation. His father was Sir John More, a lawyer and judge, and his mother was Agnes. When he was young, More went to Saint Anthony 's school. He was a page for John Morton who was the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chancellor of England. John Morton liked More, and nominated him to go to Oxford University. Without this nomination, More never would have
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Jane Colt died very young in 1511, but More needed a mother for his four children. A month after Colt 's death, he married Alice Middleton who was a rich widow. He had no children with Alice Middleton, but raised her daughter along with his four children. Unusual for the time, More gave his sons and daughters equal education. More educating his daughter along with his sons was a big inspiration and many more people began sending their daughters to school. He brought the bishop a letter that his oldest daughter Margaret had written in Latin and he was extremely impressed that it was written by a …show more content…
He was smart, and was silent throughout the trial, because he knew that he could not be convicted because he never directly said the that King of England was not the Supreme Head of the Church. Fifteen minutes later, the jury found More guilty. His original sentence was death by hanging, but the King changed it so he would be beheaded. Saint Thomas More 's last words before being beheaded on July 6, 1535 were that he was "the King 's good servant-but God 's first."

On December 29, 1886 Thomas More and Thomas Fisher were beatified by Pope Leo XIII. More and Fisher were canonized on May 19, 1935 by Pope Pius XI. More 's original feast day was July 9, but it is now celebrated with Fisher 's on June 22, the same day Fisher was killed. Pope Paul II made him the Patron of Statesmen and Politicians. Even though they were against the English Reformation, Church of England refers to More and Fisher as Reformation martyrs, remembered on July 6, the same day More was

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