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Sir Thomas More


Sir Thomas More is an important figure in European intellectual history. During his lifetime, he was known throughout Europe as an accomplished thinker, writer, and lawyer. His devotion to the Church, pious lifestyle, and dramatic execution at the hands of Henry VIII made him a Catholic martyr, leading to his canonization in 1935. The facts of his remarkable life, his status among early modern Humanist intellectuals, friendship with Erasmus, his written works, like his famous Utopia, make it unsurprising that numerous scholars have written about More and analyzed his works. However, many of these scholars do not fully address a darker side of More’s life: his pursuit and execution of Protestants during his tenure as Lord Chancellor of England.