1 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More is tried for treason

| July 1, 2017

Sir Thomas More once said of King Henry VIII that “if my head would win him a castle in France, it should not fail to go” and I often wonder how serious he was. Was it said in jest or did More know exactly what Henry VIII was capable of? It’s impossible to know, but […]

1 July 1535 – Trial of Sir Thomas More

| July 1, 2016

1 July 1535 – Trial of Sir Thomas More

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, includes a record of the commission of oyer and terminer which tried Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former chancellor, for treason on 1st July 1535. Firstly, it gives a list of those appointed to the commission of oyer and terminer: “Special commission of oyer and terminer for […]

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 […]

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 […]