Chronology of Sir Thomas More
| Born in London
to John and Agnes More. There were at least 10,000 monks out of a
population of only 3 million. No father could be sure that his children
were his own because of the seduction of females by the "holy"
fathers in the confessional!!
from Lincoln's Inn, London. After studying the "Pope's Law"
for 6 years, he was now able to ignore the English law
of Praemunire which made it a crime to obey a
foreign court or authority.
of King Henry VII, Margaret Tudor, is married to James IV of Scotland.
This marriage created an alliance between the two warring kingdoms
which eventually resulted in the union of England and Scotland and
the creation of GREAT Briton.
|Thomas More becomes
a member of Parliament. He HATES King Henry, and when a Bill is introduced
to finance Queen Margaret's dowry, he does his uttermost to have it
defeated. He never considers the cost in lives and destruction of
property that a war between the two counties would entail.
is imprisoned in the Tower and More is forced to resign from Parliament.
He considers running away to some foreign country (Spain) to escape
the wrath of the offended king.
|The very timely
death of King Henry saves More from exile or worse....We KNOW that
More played a major role in the death of King Henry.
timely death of his nemesis, More is reelected to Parliament.
pen Thomas More writes a book for King Henry entitled Defense
of the Seven Sacraments in refutation of Martin Luther's Babylonian
Captivity of the Church. King Henry claims authorship of the
book and is given the title Defender of the Faith by the Pope. In
gratitude, Henry makes More a knight and he becomes SIR Thomas More.
Henry later came to regret that book.
of the House of Commons.
Chancellor of England after the Fall of Cardinal Wolsey. He uses the
police power of the State to imprison, torture and burn alive Reformed
Christians. His all consuming passion is to arrest and burn alive
Saint William Tyndale—the father of the English Bible. He writes
millions of words refuting Saint William's Tyndale's books.
position as Lord Chancellor of England.
|He is arrested
by King Henry and LODGED in the Tower for refusing to take the Oath
of Supremacy. He has plenty of opportunity to meet his friends and
family and to continue his manhunt for Saint William Tyndale. He could
easily escape death by signing but he wrote millions of words
in defense of the Pope's Supremacy in England and to take the Oath
would expose him for a craven hypocrite.
|On July 6, he
is beheaded in the Tower. Thus was fulfilled ONE of the Scriptures
that Sir Thomas More HATED so much: "His mischief shall return
upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his
own (head) pate (Psalm 7:16).
|On May 19, 1536,
Saint Anne Boleyn is beheaded in the Tower. Sir Thomas had a strange
presentiment of her demise......In October of the same year, Sir Thomas
More's life ambition is fulfilled when Saint William Tyndale is burned
at the stake!!
Pius XI makes Sir Thomas More a saint of the Roman Catholic
|October 31, Reformation
Day, Pope John Paul II makes More the patron saint of politicians.
That means politicians like President Bush and Tony Blair
can pray to him to get them out of the debacle in Iraq!!
More refuses the King money for the payment of his daughter's dowry!!
time he was chosen a burgess of the Parliament, in the later days of
King Henry the Seventh. At which time there was concluded a marriage
between James, the King of the Scots, and Lady Margaret, eldest daughter
of the said King. And because great charges would grow to the King by
reason of setting and sending forth the said Lady, he demanded of the
Parliament about three fifteenths, as it hath been reported. Now considering
the continual custom almost of all times and of all Princes, at least
from Henry the First (who gave his daughter, called commonly Maude the
Empress, in marriage to Henry the Emperor, with no small charges put
upon the commons for the same) and as well the great and present as
the long durable commodity as it was then likely that should ensue to
this realm by the marriage, it was thought there would be small reluctance
or repining against this Parliament.
Howbeit Master More, upon some apparent ground, as there is good likelihood
(for he was no rash, wilful man, and was easy to be entreated to yield
to reason) disliked upon the said payment, and showed openly his mind
therein, and with such reasons and arguments debated and enforced the
matter that the residue of the Lower House condescended to his mind,
and thereby was the Bill overthrown. And forthwith Master Tyler, one
of the King's Privy Chamber, that was present in the said House, resorted
to the King, declaring unto him that a beardless boy had disappointed
and dashed all his purpose.
The remembrance of this displeasure sank deeply into the king's heart,
and bred great and heavy indignation against Master More, ready upon
any small occasion to burst out against him. But yet did the King forbear,
as well lest he might seem thereby to infringe and break the ancient
liberty of the Parliament House for free speaking touching the public
affairs (which would have been taken odiously) as also for that Master
More had then little or nothing to lose. But yet was there a causeless
quarrel devised against his father, whereby he was committed to the
Tower, from whence he could not get himself out until the King had got
out of his purse a fine of one hundred pounds.
Neither yet for all this was Master More altogether forgotten, but pretty
privy ways were devised how to wrap him in. Among other, at a time as
he repaired to Doctor Fox, Bishop of Winchester, and one of the King's
Privy Council, and waited upon him for a certain suit, the Bishop called
him aside, and pretending much favour, said, 'If you will be ruled and
ordered by me, I doubt nothing but I shall recover and win the King's
favour to you again,' meaning thereby (as it was conjectured) to wring
out of his own mouth some confession of his fault and offence against
the King, whereby the King might with some better apparent colour fasten
his displeasure upon him, and openly revenge the same against him. Returning
from the Bishop, he fell in communication with Master Richard Whitford,
his familiar friend, then chaplain to the Bishop, and after one of the
Fathers of Syon. To whom after that he had disclosed what the Bishop
said to him, craving his good and friendly advice therein: 'Master More,'
said he, 'follow not his counsel in any wise; for my master, to gratify
the King, and to serve his turn, will not stick to condescend and agree
and it were to the death even of his own natural father.' Whereupon
Master More resorted no more to the said Bishop, and remaining ever
after in great fear of the King's indignation hanging upon him, and
supposing that his longer abode in England could not be but to his great
danger, resolved to pass over seas; which his determination was prevented
and cut off by the death of the King not long after ensuing"
(Roper & Harpsfield, Lives of Saint Thomas More, pp. 60-61).
Sir Thomas More prophecies the
fall of Saint Anne Boleyn!!
"But that I
shall now declare, me thinketh may rather hang upon some private and
secret revelation and divine information than any worldly and wise conjecture
or foresight; by what means soever he thought it, or for what cause
soever he spake it, truth it is, that at a certain time when his daughter
Margaret resorted to him in the Tower, after that he had first questioned
with her awhile of the order of his wife, children and state of his
house in his absence, he asked her how Queen Anne did.
'In faith, father,' quoth she, 'never better.'
'Never better, Meg!' quoth he. 'Alas!
Meg, it pitieth me to remember into what misery, poor soul, she shall
Into what misery she within a while after fell, and ere that year turned
over wherein Sir Thomas More died, all England did well know, and was
not a little astonished at so strange a sight and event, which neither
Sir Thomas nor any man else by his mere naturals foresee or foretell"
(Roper & Harpsfield, Lives of Saint Thomas More, pp. 93-94).
Sir Thomas More didn't
have to be a prophet to foretell the deadly results of the Cantrella of
Borgia which caused her to have a miscarriage of her male heir to the
Peter, The Life of Thomas More, Doubleday & Co.,New York,
Thomas, Sir, Assertio Septem Sacramentorum, Defence of the Seven Sacraments,
Benziger Bros., New York, 1907.
William (1495-1578) & Harpsfield, Nicholas (1519-1575), Lives
of Saint Thomas More, Everyman's Library, London, 1963.
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