Saint Thomas More

Thomas More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, and statesman. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to May 16, 1532. He wrote "Utopia", published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary, ideal island nation. He opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. More also opposed the king's separation from the Catholic Church, refusing to acknowledge King Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. After refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, he was convicted of treason and beheaded. Of his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, and God's first."