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Tudor Minute, February 7


Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for February 7 (Happy birthday mom!).

Today is also the birthday – in 1477 or 1478 – of Sir Thomas More, who was a writer, humanist, and became a saint after being martyred for not taking the Oath of Supremacy under Henry VIII. He was the son of a lawyer and judge, and studied law in London. He became good friends with Erasmus, and through his writing, most famously Utopia, he became famous throughout Europe. In 1521 he was knighted, and became Henry’s Lord Chancellor in 1529 after the fall of Wolsey. He was a longstanding Catholic supporter, fighting against heresy, and he then was killed for not supporting Henry as the head of the Church. He was canonized in 1935, and his feast day is June 22 in the Catholic church.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at

Tudor Times on Thomas More