St. Thomas More was born into a well to do #English family in 1478. His father was a successful lawyer who used his wealth and influence to provide the best education for his son. Thomas studied under the #ArchbishopofCanterbury and attended #Oxford University and then law school. He almost abandoned law to enter the priesthood but ultimately decided against it and ran for parliament and got married. More had four children with his first wife who died six years into their marriage. He married again a short time later to a wealthy widow so that she might help him care for his children.
Thomas’ political career quickly took off and he soon found himself as secretary and personal adviser to #KingHenryVIII, and then #ChancellorofEngland.
The two were unlikely friends due to the differences in their temperament, but together the duo rallied against the heresy of Martin Luther’s revolt against the Church, with the King earning the title of Defender of the Faith for his book Defense of the #SevenSacraments. This friendship would not last when the King’s desire for a new wife and heir put him at odds with church. The king tried to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled when she could not produce him
an heir and his love affair with Anne Boleyn but he was denied. The king broke with Rome and declared himself head of the Church in England and demanded everyone sign the Oath of Supremacy. St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More refused acknowledging the Primacy of the #Pope. Enraged the King had Thomas flung into the #TowerofLondon, hoping he would waver under threat of execution. Thomas did not. While imprisoned Thomas prepared himself for death. When
the time of the execution came Thomas had his rosary in hand. As he knelt to await the headman’s axe, the executioner reportedly begged the saint’s pardon, who rose up, kissed the man on the cheek and forgave him, knelt back down, and executioner took his head. The King did not attend. #CoolSaints #saintoftheday #martyr #sanctityofmarriage #catholic #religious #jesus #God #ChurchOfEngland #Anglican #Episcopalian #counterreformation #protestantreformation #protestantrevolution