The Trial of Sir Thomas Moore: An Account

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law


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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

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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Date posted: October 15, 2007  

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Linder, Douglas, The Trial of Sir Thomas Moore: An Account (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021252 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1021252

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Douglas Linder (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States
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