Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Off With Their Head! - Sir Thomas More

After years of being Henry VIII's good friend and star gazing buddy, Sir Thomas More decided to speak out against one of the King's decisions; Marry Anne Boleyn and break with the Catholic Church of Rome. More, you see, was a staunch Catholic (maybe even a bit radical...). Henry was annoyed that his most loyal subject refused to accept his title as Head of the Church of England. Thus, More was jailed, tried, and executed. At his execution, More, always the jokster, said, "I pray you, I pray you, Mr Lieutenant, see me safe up and for my coming down, I can shift for myself." Once upon the scaffold, More, as if to up-one on Henry, said, "I die the King's good servant, but God's first." With that, More was quickly dispatched.

Many scholars think, through Henry's own words, that there were only two death's he regreted in his reign; Thomas Cromwell's (who go stuff done) and Sir Thomas More's. Maybe you should have thought that through a little better, Henry... Pin It

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