Thomas more
Saint Thomas More

Lawyer, judge, statesman, scholar, writer, husband, father, martyr, saint: Thomas More truly was,
as his friend Erasmus described him, "a man for all seasons".

Born in 1478, educated at Oxford, New Inn, and Lincolns' Inn, he was called to the bar in 1501.

Thomas soon became London's leading barrister and served as a part time judge. In 1518 he entered
the king's service, becoming Chancellor in 1529. He retired to his home in Chelsea in
1532 after Henry VIII was declared Head of the Church.

He was a vocal defender of the Church and wrote numerous works, including Utopia.

With his first wife, Jane, he had four children. After Jane's death, he married Alice. He was a
pioneer in educating his daughters. Thomas was known for his gift for friendship and sense of humour.

Thomas was convicted of treason for refusing to swear an oath acknowledging Henry as Head of
the Church, and beheaded, in 1535. He was canonized in 1935.


Online Biographies and Articles

Centre for Thomas More Studies - About Thomas More:
Catholic Encyclopedia:
John Farrow, The Story of Thomas More:
Robert H. Bork, "Thomas More for Our Season", 1999 First Things 94:
Mark Shea, "St. Thomas More": org
Marvin O'Connell, "A Man for all Seasons: an Historian's Demur", Catholic Dossier 8 no. 2 (March-April 2002):
Edward Surtz S.J., Thomas More's Friendship with John Fisher
St. Thomas More page on SPQN:

Contemporaneous accounts

Famous Quotations:
Erasmus' Description of Thomas More:
The Paris Newsletter Account of More's Trial and Execution, August 4, 1535:[1]&allDoc=true#null
William Roper: The Life of Sir Thomas More (1557 - this is one of the earliest biographies of More, written by his son-in-law).

Modern Biographies

Peter Ackroyd, The Life of Thomas More (New York: Nan A. Talese, 1998) 978-0-385-49693-3 Exerpt:
Interview with P. Ackroyd:
John F. Fink, St. Thomas More: Model for Modern Catholics (St. Paul, 2009)
Richard Marius, Thomas More: A Biography (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984)

Writings and Organizations Dedicated to the Study of Thomas More

Centre for Thomas More Studies:
The St. Thomas More Website:
Luminarium Thomas More Page:
Franciscan Archive:

Catholic Lawyers' Associations


There are Thomas More Lawyers' Guilds in a number of Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Hamilton, Saskatoon and Edmonton

United States

Most major American cities have a Catholic lawyers' association under the patronage of St. Thomas More. Here is a selection:

St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, California:
St. Thomas More Society, Los Angeles:
St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, California:
St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Madison:
St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin:
The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadephia:
St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas:
The John Carroll Society (Washington DC):

Thomas More Society (London) (no website)

St. Thomas More Society, Los Angeles: