St. Thomas More

Thomas More was a lawyer and judge, as well as the Lord High Chancellor under king Henry VIII before the protestant reformation. However, his success as a politician would come at odds with his faith when the Church of England separated from the Catholic Church and appointed the King of England as its supreme head. More refused to swear allegiance to the king as the head of the church, and for this he was convicted of treason and beheaded. Up until his death, More wrote against the reformation. Just before he was killed, he kissed his executioner and forgave him.

Lifetime: 1478 to 1535
Region: London, England
Patronages: Lawyers; Adopted children; Politicians; Difficult marriages
Iconograpy: Fur hood; Robe; Quill pen; Chain of office
Feast Day: June 22

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