My Mama said “You really do exist!” We exist! I’m a descendant of Sir Thomas More.
“I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.”
Most famously known as the author of “Utopia”. Yes, that Utopia! He rather die than betray the Catholic Church. And he did. He insisted that his 3 daughters be afforded the same education as his son. He was on a quest of searching, seeking, learning and it’s said he was spiritually troubled. He’s most known for defying King Henry VIII by courage and conscious.
His oldest daughter Margaret was the first non royal Englishwoman to ever publish a work of translation. He did say his daughters would receive the same education as his son. She did.
Sir Thomas More: Biography, Facts and Information
The Life of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)
Thomas More is the villain of Wolf Hall. But is he getting a raw deal?
Controversial, a man who could write Utopia and become canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint in 1935. Born in Milk Street, London on February 7, 1478, son of Sir John More, a prominent judge. He studied at Oxford and pursued a career in law.
Utopia was the forerunner of the utopian literary genre.
an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More.
“While his work in the law courts was exemplary, his fall came quickly. He resigned in 1532, citing ill health, but the reason was probably his disapproval of Henry’s stance toward the church. He refused to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn in June 1533, a matter which did not escape the King’s notice. In 1534 he was one of the people accused of complicity with Elizabeth Barton, the nun of Kent who opposed Henry’s break with Rome, but was not attainted due to protection from the Lords who refused to pass the bill until More’s name was off the list of names.3
In April, 1534, More refused to swear to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy, and was committed to the Tower of London on April 17. More was found guilty of treason and was beheaded alongside Bishop Fisher on July 6, 1535. More’s final words on the scaffold were: “The King’s good servant, but God’s First.” More was beatified in 1886 and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.” Cit- http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/morebio.htm
I held back on this one.
The bloodline though…
To think (write, create) one way, and be another so deeply. There’s no great divide. It is what it is.
And it’s great!
We are who we are, aren’t we? In judgement and criticism.
Utopia to Saint
It resonates perfectly.
My mind in all that it encompasses.
I really am all smiles.
I pray my children are too as they carry my bloodline. It’s okay to be you! It’s okay to express that which other’s do not accept, appreciate or understand. It really is okay!
(Yes, I know much more about him and well.., like most things… I see it your way, then I see it mine)
With love and light.. x