Thomas More was bornFebruary 7, 1478 in London. He was well educated and went on to further his education at Oxford. Later More returned to London to study law, while he wanted to become a lawyer he was being pushed to become a priest by his father. He then became a Monk fora short amount of time until he decided to enter politics in 1504.
More’s biggest fight as a politician was with Henry VIII. After being knighted in 1521, Henry VIII used Thoms to help him write Defence of the Seven Sacraments. Due to More’s help, Henry made him the Speaker of the House of Commons, which gave him a larger freedom of speech than most. He used his position to speak out agains Henry VIII wanting to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon, just to remarry Anne Boleyn. Thomas did not attened Elizabeth’s crowning and this was observed by the King. In 1534, Thomas was accused of Treason, captured, and beheaded on July 6 1535. After his death he was canonized and then in 1935, declared a Saint.
Although Thomas More went on to become a Saint, he was actually famous for his work of literature, Utopia. More depicted the Renaissance artist very well for he used the teachings of Aristotelianism, Platonism, Stoicism and Epicureanism. He also used the blend of Christianity and Paganism in his works, Utopia for example. A main belief of More was in the philosophy of pleasure, Epicureanism.
Thomas More’s work was influence by many people such as his good friends Erasmus, John Colet, and Thomas Linacre as they were all “Oxford Reformers” and humanists. Thomas was also very influenced by his wife, Jane Colt. Jane died during the time they were married, leaving Thomas with a child to care for, which is why he married only a month later. All these friends as well as Henry VIII helped Thomas in writing Utopia, which depicts a perfect political world.
More also started a work called History of King Richard III, which was unfinished but highly influenced Shakespeare’s play Richard III. Thomas More’s unfinished work was a history of the Renaissance and was known for its literary skill.
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