10 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2007
Date Written: 2006
There is much to learn from the story of how the head of one of the most revered men in England, Sir Thomas More, ended up on the chopping block on London's Tower Hill in 1535. Few people in history have faced their trials and deaths as squarely, calmly, and with as much integrity as did More. More's road from his post as Lord Chancellor of England to the Tower of London owes its course to a Bible passage, a marriage of a long-dead prince, and the consuming desire of lustful and vain-glorious King Henry VIII to marry Anne Boleyn. Swept along with More, in this fateful confluence of writings, events, and people, was nothing less than the Reformation.
Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Thomas More, Henry VIII, Henry the Eighth, Anne Bolyn, Tower of London, Divorce, Catholic Church, Pope, Annulment, Reformation, Church of England, Catherine of Aragon, Lord Chancellor, Wolsey
JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42
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