5 July 1535 – The imprisoned Sir Thomas More writes a final letter to his daughter

Margaret Roper
Margaret Roper

On this day in history, 5th July 1535, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former chancellor, wrote a last letter from his prison cell in the Tower of London.

He’d been imprisoned in the Tower since 17th April 1534 and had been found guilty of high treason by a commission of oyer and terminer on 1st July 1535. He chose to write his final letter on the eve of his execution, using coal to write the words to his beloved daughter, Margaret (Meg) Roper.

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Picture: Miniature of Margaret Roper by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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