David A. Armstrong, J.D.
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1478-1535  Saint Thomas More

1478   (Feb. 7) - Birth in London to Sir John (a judge) and Agnes More - the second son of six children.

1485-90    St. Anthony's School, London

1490-92   Household of Lord Chancellor Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton (Lambeth Palace)

1492-94    Canterbury College, Oxford University

1494-96   Law student, New Inn, London

1496-97    Law student, Lincoln's Inn

1499-1501    Friendship with Colet, Linacre, Ruthall, Lily and especially Erasmus-Lawyer and Latinist in early 20's

1501    Inquiry into possible religious vocation (Carthusian monks) Charterhouse; studies Greek; called to the Bar; Lectures on St. Augustine's City of God

1504    Elected to Parliament

1505    Marriage to Jane Colt; birth of Margaret

1506    Birth of Elizabeth

1507    Birth of Cecily

1508    Visits Paris and Louvain

1509    Death of King Henry VII; Accession of Henry VIII; Birth of John

1510    Served as Under-Sheriff of London and Justice of Peace; published Life of Pico (della Mirandola)

1511    Death of wife, Jane Colt; remarriage to Alice Middleton

1513    The History of King Richard III - prime example of "Tudor History" inspired by his stay in the household of Archbishop Morton

1515-16    Ambassador in various negotiations (Netherlands); wrote De opitme republicae statu deque nova insula Utopia (Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia)

1517-18    Embassy to Calais; appointed Master of Requests to King Henry VIII; became member of Privy Council; published miscellaneous English and Latin poems

1520    Accompanied Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Chancellor, to the Field of the Cloth of Gold for peace negotiations with France

1521-22    Appointed Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer; knighted; mission to Calais and Bruges; joined Henry VIII in attack on Martin Luther, The Four Last Things and Response to Luther (in Latin)

1523    Speaker of the House of Commons, defender of freedom and speech, a noted "dove"

1524    High Steward, Oxford University; builds new home in Chelsea

1525    High Steward, Cambridge University; chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster

1527    Ambassador to Amiens; consulted by Henry VIII on "the marriage"

1529    Appointed Lord Chancellor of the Realm as successor to Cardinal Wolsey; again consulted on Henry VIII's marriage; publishes Dialogue Concerning Heresies and The Supplication of Souls

1532-33    Resigns office as Chancellor and retires to Chelsea; Anne Boleyn crowned queen; The Confutation of Tyndale’s Answer (9 books), The Apology of Sir Thomas More, Debellation of Salem and Bizance, Answer to a Poisoned Book on the Supper of the Lord

1534-35    Bill of Attainder; refuses to take oath accepting the King as supreme head of the Church of England; imprisoned in the Tower of London; A Treatise on the Passion (Exposito Passionis), A Treatise to Receive the Blessed Body of Our Lord, A Godly Instruction, A Devout Prayer, A Godly Meditation, A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, De tristitia Christi (The Sadness of Christ) Interrogations, trial and conviction on perjured evidence (Thomas Cromwell); execution by beheading (July 6, 1535)

1935    Canonization; Proclaimed patron Saint of Lawyers

2000    Proclaimed Patron Saint of Politicians