Book of Saints – Thomas More

detail from 'Portrait of Sir Thomas More' by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1527, tempera on wood, Frick Collection, New York, New YorkArticle

(Blessed) Martyr (July 6) (16th century) This glorious Martyr, born in London (A.D. 1480), on leaving Oxford embraced the Law as a profession. So successful was he that eventually he succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord High Chancellor of England, being the first layman called to that office. His reputation was European, and his writings were distinguished alike by their learning and their orthodoxy. Faithful to his conscience, both in regard to King Henry’s divorce and to the pretended Royal Supremacy, he at length forfeited the favour of the monarch, whom nothing less than his death could appease. Blessed Thomas More was beheaded on Tower Hill, July 6, A.D. 1535. His body was buried in the Tower; but his head was by his daughter placed in a church at Canterbury. Apart from his martyrdom, his piety, charity, constant cheerfulness and austere virtue might well have entitled him to a place among canonised Saints.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Thomas More”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 July 2016. Web. 21 January 2020. <>