Thomas More

Movement English Reformation
Born London, 1478
Died London, 1535
Significance English Catholic statesman who succeeded Thomas Wolsey as Lord Chancellor in 1529. He resigned this post the day following Parliament's ruling that clergy sign an oath of obedience to Henry VIII. He was tried for treason and executed on July 6, 1535.
Works Utopia by Sir Thomas More
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Sir Thomas More:
Utopia, 1516

BOOK I

HENRY VIII, the unconquered King of England, a prince adorned with all the virtues that become a great monarch, having some differences of no small consequence with Charles, the most serene Prince of Castile, sent me into Flanders, as his ambassador, for treating and composing matters between them. I was colleague and com- panion to that incomparable man Cuthbert Tonstal, whom the King with such universal applause lately made Master of the Rolls, but of whom I will say nothing; not because I fear that the testimony of a friend will be suspected, but rather because his learning and virtues are too great for me to do them justice, and so well known that they need not my commendations unless I would, according to the proverb, "Show the sun with a lanthorn." Those that were appointed by the Prince to treat with us, met us at Bruges, according to agreement; they were all worthy men. The Margrave of Bruges was their head, and the chief man among...

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