​1478-1535 Saint Thomas More

1478 (Feb. 7) – Birth in London to Sir John (a judge) and Agnes More – the second son of six children.

1485-90 St. Anthony’s School, London

1490-92 Household of Lord Chancellor Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton (Lambeth Palace)

1492-94 Canterbury College, Oxford University

1494-96 Law student, New Inn, London

1496-97 Law student, Lincoln’s Inn

1499-1501 Friendship with Colet, Linacre, Ruthall, Lily and especially Erasmus-Lawyer and Latinist in early 20’s

1501 Inquiry into possible religious vocation (Carthusian monks) Charterhouse; studies Greek; called to the Bar; Lectures on St. Augustine’s City of God

1504 Elected to Parliament

1505 Marriage to Jane Colt; birth of Margaret

1506 Birth of Elizabeth

1507 Birth of Cecily

1508 Visits Paris and Louvain

1509 Death of King Henry VII; Accession of Henry VIII; Birth of John

1510 Served as Under-Sheriff of London and Justice of Peace; published Life of Pico (della Mirandola)

1511 Death of wife, Jane Colt; remarriage to Alice Middleton

1513 The History of King Richard III – prime example of “Tudor History” inspired by his stay in the household of Archbishop Morton

1515-16 Ambassador in various negotiations (Netherlands); wrote De opitme republicae statu deque nova insula Utopia (Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia)

1517-18 Embassy to Calais; appointed Master of Requests to King Henry VIII; became member of Privy Council; published miscellaneous English and Latin poems

1520 Accompanied Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Chancellor, to the Field of the Cloth of Gold for peace negotiations with France

1521-22 Appointed Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer; knighted; mission to Calais and Bruges; joined Henry VIII in attack on Martin Luther, The Four Last Things and Response to Luther (in Latin)

1523 Speaker of the House of Commons, defender of freedom and speech, a noted “dove”

1524 High Steward, Oxford University; builds new home in Chelsea

1525 High Steward, Cambridge University; chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster

1527 Ambassador to Amiens; consulted by Henry VIII on “the marriage”

1529 Appointed Lord Chancellor of the Realm as successor to Cardinal Wolsey; again consulted on Henry VIII’s marriage; publishes Dialogue Concerning Heresies and The Supplication of Souls

1532-33 Resigns office as Chancellor and retires to Chelsea; Anne Boleyn crowned queen; The Confutation of Tyndale’s Answer (9 books), The Apology of Sir Thomas More, Debellation of Salem and Bizance, Answer to a Poisoned Book on the Supper of the Lord

1534-35 Bill of Attainder; refuses to take oath accepting the King as supreme head of the Church of England; imprisoned in the Tower of London; A Treatise on the Passion (Exposito Passionis), A Treatise to Receive the Blessed Body of Our Lord, A Godly Instruction, A Devout Prayer, A Godly Meditation, A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, De tristitia Christi (The Sadness of Christ) Interrogations, trial and conviction on perjured evidence (Thomas Cromwell); execution by beheading (July 6, 1535)

1935 Canonization; Proclaimed patron Saint of Lawyers

2000 Proclaimed Patron Saint of Politicians