Sir Thomas More

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of Christ’s Faithful Servants, copyright 2023

Sixteenth Century England. The England of Thomas More’s youth was emerging from thirty-one years of civil war, known as the War of the Roses (1454‑1485). The new king, Henry VII, was a harsh ruler. But the people wanted a strong king who could bring peace and stability, and Henry fit that mold. He was a tyrant, and was obeyed without question.

In 1509, Henry died and was succeeded by his son, the famous Henry VIII,[1] who was only eighteen years old. Like his father, Henry VIII surrounded himself with people who flattered him, always agreed with him, and never questioned or opposed him. Over time, Henry lost all tolerance for people who disagreed with him. This would prove fatal for Thomas More. . . .

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[1]. King of England, 1509-1547