Thomas More

The Right Honourable Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, judge, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He also served the King of England, Henry VIII, as Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to May 1532.

More opposed King Henry VIII's separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. After refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, he was convicted of treason and executed. On his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, and God's first".

In 1935, Pope Pius XI canonized More as a martyr. In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared More the patron saint of statesmen and politicians. He is also the patron saint of lawyers.