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  • Born in Milk Street in London, on 7 February 1478, Thomas More was the son of Sir John More and his wife Agnes
  • He was educated at St Anthony's School, then considered one of London's finest schools.From 1490 to 1492, More served John Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England, as a household page.
  • More began his studies at Oxford in 1492, and received a classical education. Studying under Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn, he became proficient in both Latin and Greek. More left Oxford after only two years—at his father's insistence—to begin legal training in London at New Inn, one of the Inns of Chancery.
  • According to his friend, theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, More once seriously contemplated abandoning his legal career to become a monk.Between 1503 and 1504 More lived near the Carthusian monastery outside the walls of London and joined in the monks' spiritual exercises.
  • n spite of his choice to pursue a secular career, More continued ascetical practices for the rest of his life, such as wearing a hair shirt next to his skin and occasionally engaging in flagellation. A tradition of the Third Order of St. Francis honors More as a member of that Order on their calendar of saints.
  • Thoma More died 6th July 1535 for not wanting to take the oath of supremacy of the Crown.
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