Official Chronology of Sir Thomas More

Born in London to John and Agnes More. There were at least 10,000 monks out of a population of only 3 million. No father could be sure that his children were his own because of the seduction of females by the "holy" fathers in the confessional!!

Graduates from Lincoln's Inn, London. After studying the "Pope's Law" for 6 years, he was now able to ignore the English law of Praemunire which made it a crime to obey a foreign court or authority.

The daughter of King Henry VII, Margaret Tudor, is married to James IV of Scotland. This marriage created an alliance between the two warring kingdoms which eventually resulted in the union of England and Scotland and the creation of GREAT Briton.
Thomas More becomes a member of Parliament. He HATES King Henry, and when a Bill is introduced to finance Queen Margaret's dowry, he does his uttermost to have it defeated. He never considers the cost in lives and destruction of property that a war between the two counties would entail.

More's father is imprisoned in the Tower and More is forced to resign from Parliament. He considers running away to some foreign country (Spain) to escape the wrath of the offended king.

The very timely death of King Henry saves More from exile or worse....We KNOW that More played a major role in the death of King Henry.

With the timely death of his nemesis, More is reelected to Parliament.

The poison pen Thomas More writes a book for King Henry entitled Defense of the Seven Sacraments in refutation of Martin Luther's Babylonian Captivity of the Church. King Henry claims authorship of the book and is given the title Defender of the Faith by the Pope. In gratitude, Henry makes More a knight and he becomes SIR Thomas More. Henry later came to regret that book.
Becomes Speaker of the House of Commons.
Becomes Lord Chancellor of England after the Fall of Cardinal Wolsey. He uses the police power of the State to imprison, torture and burn alive Reformed Christians. His all consuming passion is to arrest and burn alive Saint William Tyndale—the father of the English Bible. He writes millions of words refuting Saint William's Tyndale's books.

Resigns his position as Lord Chancellor of England.

He is arrested by King Henry and LODGED in the Tower for refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy. He has plenty of opportunity to meet his friends and family and to continue his manhunt for Saint William Tyndale. He could easily escape death by signing but he wrote millions of words in defense of the Pope's Supremacy in England and to take the Oath would expose him for a craven hypocrite.
On July 6, he is beheaded in the Tower. Thus was fulfilled ONE of the Scriptures that Sir Thomas More HATED so much: "His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own (head) pate (Psalm 7:16).
On May 19, 1536, Saint Anne Boleyn is beheaded in the Tower. Sir Thomas had a strange presentiment of her demise......In October of the same year, Sir Thomas More's life ambition is fulfilled when Saint William Tyndale is burned at the stake!!
Pope Pius XI makes Sir Thomas More a saint of the Roman Catholic "Congregation."
October 31, Reformation Day, Pope John Paul II makes More the patron saint of politicians. That means politicians like President Bush and Tony Blair can pray to him to get them out of the debacle in Iraq!!

Thomas More refuses the King money for the payment of his daughter's dowry!!

"About this time he was chosen a burgess of the Parliament, in the later days of King Henry the Seventh. At which time there was concluded a marriage between James, the King of the Scots, and Lady Margaret, eldest daughter of the said King. And because great charges would grow to the King by reason of setting and sending forth the said Lady, he demanded of the Parliament about three fifteenths, as it hath been reported. Now considering the continual custom almost of all times and of all Princes, at least from Henry the First (who gave his daughter, called commonly Maude the Empress, in marriage to Henry the Emperor, with no small charges put upon the commons for the same) and as well the great and present as the long durable commodity as it was then likely that should ensue to this realm by the marriage, it was thought there would be small reluctance or repining against this Parliament.
Howbeit Master More, upon some apparent ground, as there is good likelihood (for he was no rash, wilful man, and was easy to be entreated to yield to reason) disliked upon the said payment, and showed openly his mind therein, and with such reasons and arguments debated and enforced the matter that the residue of the Lower House condescended to his mind, and thereby was the Bill overthrown. And forthwith Master Tyler, one of the King's Privy Chamber, that was present in the said House, resorted to the King, declaring unto him that a beardless boy had disappointed and dashed all his purpose.
The remembrance of this displeasure sank deeply into the king's heart, and bred great and heavy indignation against Master More, ready upon any small occasion to burst out against him. But yet did the King forbear, as well lest he might seem thereby to infringe and break the ancient liberty of the Parliament House for free speaking touching the public affairs (which would have been taken odiously) as also for that Master More had then little or nothing to lose. But yet was there a causeless quarrel devised against his father, whereby he was committed to the Tower, from whence he could not get himself out until the King had got out of his purse a fine of one hundred pounds.
Neither yet for all this was Master More altogether forgotten, but pretty privy ways were devised how to wrap him in. Among other, at a time as he repaired to Doctor Fox, Bishop of Winchester, and one of the King's Privy Council, and waited upon him for a certain suit, the Bishop called him aside, and pretending much favour, said, 'If you will be ruled and ordered by me, I doubt nothing but I shall recover and win the King's favour to you again,' meaning thereby (as it was conjectured) to wring out of his own mouth some confession of his fault and offence against the King, whereby the King might with some better apparent colour fasten his displeasure upon him, and openly revenge the same against him. Returning from the Bishop, he fell in communication with Master Richard Whitford, his familiar friend, then chaplain to the Bishop, and after one of the Fathers of Syon. To whom after that he had disclosed what the Bishop said to him, craving his good and friendly advice therein: 'Master More,' said he, 'follow not his counsel in any wise; for my master, to gratify the King, and to serve his turn, will not stick to condescend and agree and it were to the death even of his own natural father.' Whereupon Master More resorted no more to the said Bishop, and remaining ever after in great fear of the King's indignation hanging upon him, and supposing that his longer abode in England could not be but to his great danger, resolved to pass over seas; which his determination was prevented and cut off by the death of the King not long after ensuing" (Roper & Harpsfield, Lives of Saint Thomas More, pp. 60-61).

Sir Thomas More prophecies the fall of Saint Anne Boleyn!!

"But that I shall now declare, me thinketh may rather hang upon some private and secret revelation and divine information than any worldly and wise conjecture or foresight; by what means soever he thought it, or for what cause soever he spake it, truth it is, that at a certain time when his daughter Margaret resorted to him in the Tower, after that he had first questioned with her awhile of the order of his wife, children and state of his house in his absence, he asked her how Queen Anne did.
'In faith, father,' quoth she, 'never better.'
'Never better, Meg!' quoth he. 'Alas! Meg, it pitieth me to remember into what misery, poor soul, she shall shortly come.'
Into what misery she within a while after fell, and ere that year turned over wherein Sir Thomas More died, all England did well know, and was not a little astonished at so strange a sight and event, which neither Sir Thomas nor any man else by his mere naturals foresee or foretell" (Roper & Harpsfield, Lives of Saint Thomas More, pp. 93-94).

Sir Thomas More didn't have to be a prophet to foretell the deadly results of the Cantrella of Borgia which caused her to have a miscarriage of her male heir to the throne!!


Ackroyd, Peter, The Life of Thomas More, Doubleday & Co.,New York, 1998.

More, Thomas, Sir, Assertio Septem Sacramentorum, Defence of the Seven Sacraments, Benziger Bros., New York, 1907.

Roper, William (1495-1578) & Harpsfield, Nicholas (1519-1575), Lives of Saint Thomas More, Everyman's Library, London, 1963.

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