Sir St Thomas More
(1478-1535)

martyr, Knight Bachelor (from 1521), Lord Chancellor (1529-1532), beatified person (1886-1935), and Saint (from 1935)

Died aged c. 57

Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He also served Henry VIII as Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to May 1532. He wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary island state. More opposed the Protestant Reformation, directing polemics against the theology of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin and William Tyndale. More also opposed Henry VIII's separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. After refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, he was convicted of treason and executed. On his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, and God's first". Pope Pius XI canonised More in 1935 as a martyr. Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared him the patron saint of statesmen and politicians. The Soviet Union in the early twentieth century honoured him for the purportedly communist attitude toward property rights in Utopia.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Sir Thomas More was born in a house near this site 7 February 1478

20 Milk Street, London, United Kingdom where they was born near (1478)

Saint Thomas More. Chancellor of England martyred for his faith on Tower Hill 1535 lived here. It was from his house here that he went for his trial and his imprisonment in the Tower of London

Allen House, Beaufort Street, SW3, London, United Kingdom where they lived