7 February – The birth of Sir Thomas More, a joust, unrequited love and a nasty accident

Posted By on February 7, 2022

On this day in history, 7th February 1477 or 1478, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, was born in London.

More had once wanted to be a monk but ended up being one of the most well-known statesmen of the Tudor period. Unfortunately, Sir Thomas More came to a sticky end after refusing to sign the oath recognising Henry VIII as the supreme head of the church in England, and was executed in 1535 as a traitor.

Find out all about More’s rise to power, how he fell, and what he told his son-in-law about the king, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 7th February 1526, Henry VIII took part in the traditional Shrovetide joust at Greenwich.

I tell you all about it, and also about a nasty accident that one courtier suffered at it, in this video…

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