Thomas More, born in medieval London, son of a high court judge, became an international figure whose intellectual gifts transcended those of his contemporaries. Praised by his colleagues as “A Man for All Seasons,” he became a man for all ages.
As a lawyer, educator, family man, diplomat, scholar, author, King’s Counselor, and Chancellor of England, More faced issues familiar to us today, including private rights, personal freedom, and public responsibility; the role of the family; the role of women in society; moral values in politics; and equitable peace in a world of conflict.
More’s responses to these issues are as fresh and relevant now as they were almost 500 years ago in Tudor England. The Society confers regularly with scholars, leaders of the bench and bar, and public figures of international renown. In addition, scholarly papers are disseminated to members through our newsletter. From time to time members may also receive The Thomas More Gazette, an international publication rich in Moreana that casts new light on age-old political, ethical, and moral issues.
Chronological Highlights (1478 -1535)
1478 Born in London (February 7)
1490 Page to Archbishop of Canterbury
1492 Entered Oxford
1494 Entered New Inn for legal training
1504 Member of Parliament
1505 Married Jane Colt, mother of their four children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Cecily, John
1510 Under-Sheriff of London
1511 Widowed; married Alice Middleton
1515 Envoy to Flanders
1516 Published Utopia
1521 Knighted: Under-Treasurer to the King
1523 Speaker of the House of Commons
1529 Lord Chancellor
1532 Resigned Chancellorship
1534 Committed to The Tower; completed Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation
1535 Trial; beheaded (July 6)
In 1919, G.K. Chesterton wrote:
“Sir Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, but he is not quite so important as he will be in a hundred years time.”