Born in London, Thomas More studied at Oxford, married and had four children. King Henry VIII took this brilliant lawyer into his service in 1518, knighted him and named him lord chancellor.
But Thomas broke with the king when he divorced Catherine of Aragon and set himself up as supreme head of the Church in England. In 1532 Thomas resigned his post, and in 1534 was arrested when he refused to take the oath to the new Act of Succession.
Imprisoned for more than a year in the Tower of London, he was convicted of treason and beheaded.
St. Thomas More is also the subject of the following pieces of art:
‘A Man for All Seasons’ teaser for the 2017 show dates at St. Anne in Gilbert