Citizenship 16th century dreams: Thomas More Thomas More - wrote the first formal utopia. He imagined a complex, self-contained world set on an island, in which communities shared a common culture and way of life. This selection of extracts illustrates many of the systems and practices that More imagined for his Utopians.
Go back to the More page for more texts and other resources. His parents were John and Agnes More. His father was a lawyer who desired for Thomas to follow in his footsteps. According to Peter Ackroyd,?
Thomas was sent to school at St. Ackroyd tells that, at this school on Threadneedle Street, lessons began so early in the morning that Thomas needed to take a candle with him during the winter Classes began at 6: Parents did not have to pay fees for their children to attend.
The primary purpose of St. According to Ackroyd, Thomas attended St. When Thomas More was twelve years old, his father made him a page in the household of John Morton. The prime duty of the page was to serve, and stand, and wait, ready to pass a pewter plate or a silver goblet; he was ready, also, to take a whispered message from one guest to another or to run an errand within the palace?
While serving John Morton, Thomas? It was undoubtedly here that More first learned how to reconcile a deeply spiritual character with a devotion to secular affairs?
The article also says,? Morton seems to have had a very strong influence on Thomas? InThomas went to Oxford University. He was about fourteen years old.
John Morton paid his way, and his father gave him a small allowance. While at Oxford, Thomas learned under some of the best scholars.
Two of the men he studied under were Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn. Linacre was his first Greek teacher. He studied the classics, French, history, mathematics, and other subjects during his time there.
Thomas learned to play the flute and viol. He left the university without getting a degree.
After spending two years at Oxford, Thomas returned home and began his studies of law, studies that he would continue for the next six or seven years.
He began his studies at New Inn when only sixteen years old. Many biographers assert that he did not want to study law but that his father threatened to disown him if he did not.
He had an abiding respect for the practice, and a deep admiration for the principles, of law. He knew that human justice was only the faintest reflection of divine law, but it became for him the principle and model of conduct upon the earth?
Lawyers were very important people, but were not always held in high esteem. They had the possibilities of high pay and, obviously, the temptation to take bribes. Thomas More was so successful in his law studies that others soon noticed him. Despite his rigorous studies, Thomas still found time for writing.
He found the time to write poetry and keep up correspondence with the intellectuals of the time. Most of the people he corresponded with had been introduced to him at Oxford by Thomas Linacre. Thomas More was not completely satisfied with his studies and began to consider full time service to the Lord in a monastery.
He started paying more attention to religious matters, eventually moving to the London Charterhouse where he spent a considerable amount of time with the monks. Some believe that his introduction to Desiderius Erasmus in might have encouraged his close spiritual examination.
Daily prayer and wearing a hair shirt are two of the practices More began at this time and would continue until he died. According to one source,? More wavered between joining the Carthusians or the Franciscans. He seriously considered the Franciscan order but was not able to join them in good conscience because he did not feel that that was what he wanted for life.
In the end, Thomas opted not to become a priest.Thomas More was knighted and has consequently been known as Sir Thomas More through the later years of his life and through succeeding centuries.
On the th anniversary of his death he was canonized by the Roman Catholic church and has sometimes been known as Saint Thomas More. Thomas More is one of the most important figures of the English Renaissance.
Scholar, statesman, lawyer, author, family man, and saint (canonized by Pope Pius XI in ), he is considered by many an example of virtue, while others criticize him . Thomas More was born on 7 February in London, the son of a successful lawyer.
As a boy, More spent some time in the household of John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury. He later studied at. Sir Thomas More was an English lawyer, writer, and statesman.
He was at one time one of Henry VIII's most trusted civil servants, becoming Chancellor of England in However, More was also a passionate defender of Catholic orthodoxy. The Life of Sir Thomas More () "The King's good servant, but God's first." 1.
Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London on February 7, , son of Sir John More, a prominent judge. Thomas More: His Life and Accomplishments.
More's life is covered from birth to his beheading.
Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London, on .