17 April 1534 – To the Tower for Sir Thomas More


Thomas_More_(1)_by_Hans_Holbein_the_YoungerOn 17th April 1534, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, was sent to the Tower of London. He had been summoned to Lambeth on 13th April 1534 to swear his allegiance to the “Act of Succession” but had refused to do so and “thereupon was he delivered to the abbot of Westminster to be kept as a prisoner.”

You can read more about what happened at Lambeth and how he ended up being sent to the Tower in the letter he wrote to his eldest daughter, Margaret, from the Tower. Click here to read that now.

Image: Sketch of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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