25 October 1529 – Sir Thomas More is made Lord Chancellor

| October 25, 2015

25 October 1529 – Sir Thomas More is made Lord Chancellor

On 25th October 1529, Sir Thomas More was made Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor following the fall of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry’s previous Lord Chancellor who had been forced to surrender the Great Seal on 17th October. According to an account in Letters and Papers, the seal was then delivered to Sir Thomas More by the […]

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2015

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

6th July is the anniversary of the deaths of two famous Tudor personalities. Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was executed on Tower Hill on this day in 1535 and King Edward VI died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, on this day […]

5 July 1535 – Thomas More’s final letter to his daughter

| July 5, 2015

5 July 1535 – Thomas More’s final letter to his daughter

On this day in 1535, Sir Thomas More wrote his final letter. More had been imprisoned in the Tower of London since 17th April 1534 and had been found guilty of high treason on 1st July 1535. Knowing he was due to be executed the following day, More sat and wrote a letter to his […]

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 […]

6 July 1535 – Execution of Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2014

6 July 1535 – Execution of Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor

On 6th July 1535, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor. He had been found guilty of high treason under the Treason Act of 1534 for denying the King’s supremacy and refusing to take the Oath of Succession. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded More’s execution: […]

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 […]