26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

| June 26, 2015

26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

On this day in history, 26th June 1535, a new commision of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. “Oyer and terminer” comes from the French “to hear and to determine” and denotes […]

3 June 1535 – Sir Thomas More is interrogated

| June 3, 2015

3 June 1535 – Sir Thomas More is interrogated

On 3rd June 1535, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was interrogated in the Tower of London by Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Audley, Thomas Cromwell and the Duke of Suffolk regarding the royal supremacy. He had been arrested and taken to the Tower on 17th April 1534 after refusing to swear the Oath of […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Who was Thomas More?

| April 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Who was Thomas More?

Today, Beth von Staats, author of Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell and creator of QueenAnneBoleyn.com, shares with us a biography of Thomas More. And it was precisely in defence of the rights of conscience that the example of Thomas More shone brightly. It can be said that he demonstrated in a singular way the value […]

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

| February 7, 2015

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

This day in history, 7 February 1478 (some say 1477), is the traditional birthdate of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, in Milk Street, Cheapside, London. He was the son of Sir John More, lawyer and judge on the King’s Bench, and Agnes Graunger, daughter of Thomas Graunger, a Merchant of the Staple of […]

5 July 1535 – Thomas More’s Last Letter

| July 5, 2014

5 July 1535 – Thomas More’s Last Letter

On 5th July 1535, the day before his execution, Sir Thomas More wrote to his beloved daughter Margaret Roper from his prison in the Tower of London. He had been found guilty of high treason at a special commission of oyer and terminer for refusing to recognise Henry VIII as Supreme Head of the Church […]

The Birth of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor

| February 7, 2014

The Birth of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor

It is not known exactly when Sir Thomas More was born but it is thought to be 6th or 7th February 1477 or 1478. He was born in Milk Street, London, which now bears a plaque saying “Sir Thomas More was born in a house near this site 7 February 1478″. His parents were Sir […]

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

| June 26, 2013

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

On 26th June 1535, a new commission of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. The record in Letters and Papers1 names those called to the commission: “Special commission of oyer and terminer […]

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

| June 3, 2013

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

On this day in 1535, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Audley, Thomas Cromwell and the Duke of Suffolk visited Sir Thomas More in the Tower of London to interrogate him regarding his views on the royal supremacy. More wrote the following letter to his daughter, Margaret Roper, about the visit: “Writes, as it is likely she has […]