S: When More Help Was Needed: The Story of Thomas More By Noah Grant
BC: Noah Grant 4th Period
FC: When More Help Was Needed | The Story Of Thomas More
1: It is July 6th, 1535. I have gotten myself into a predicament. I am about to be executed.
2: I was not your normal English man. I did things a bit different and this is why I have been talked about for years upon years. I was a jack of all trades and sort of bounced around from job to job.This is shown by my decision to be a monk. I was going to be a monk until this lady came along. I then found myself in a predicament. How in the world was I going to be celibate?
3: I did not become a monk but I continued to be flogged and wore a hair shirt. | A monk today
4: From this I went on to become a Member of Parliament. During my time in Parliament, I successfully opposed Henry the 7ths’ demand for monetary aid upon the marriage of Margaret Tudor. I became an adviser to the king in 1518. This was after I spent time being a master of requests. I was a secretary and adviser to Henry the 8th who would later be the death of me.
5: Henry the 8th
6: After doing this I went on to become the Speaker of the House. Are you starting to see a pattern here? I am very off the wall. I do not do anything anyway except my own. In 1516 I wrote the book “Utopia”. Utopia is a made up world that is based on monastic communalism. It is hard to believe I had time to do this with all the work I had on my hands.
7: More's book Utopia
8: A fellow heard of me doing this and came to see me one day. “Why must you write such a thing?” “You know it will cause controversy.” When I heard this there was only one way I could reply, “That is the point.” | Thomas More
9: At first the people did not like the book at all. It went against society and the higher ups did not approve. I had a few death threats and many strong worded letters from some citizens who supported European society as it was. One of the most frightening instances was when I was sleeping one night and heard something on the roof. I also heard conversation coming from above. “Find a soft spot and drop through” They were going to break in and kill me!
10: Then, in a shocking turn of events, they fell through the roof and the impact of the drop knocked them senseless! I guess I still had work to do and it was not my time to go.
11: As time went on, the book grew on people and I gained more support throughout England. The people began to see where I was coming from.
12: My life was a bit quiet until 1529. There was a knock on my door. When I opened it I saw an older man standing there. “Sir More, Wolsey has fallen and it is your time to be Lord Chancellor." In 1530 a leading English churchmen came to me. I was asked to sign a letter that would annul Henry’s marriage to Catherine. I was so against this and there was no way I would sign it! | Thomas Wolsey
13: Thomas More
14: I wanted to resign after this and they were trying to make me take an oath that I did not believe in. I saw that they would not let me resign because of this so I had to think of a plan. I went to see the king once I thought of one. “Sir I am feeling extremely ill and have major chest pains” “Can I please be relieved of my duties?”
15: I was scared that he would turn me down once again but he let me resign. I was living a life of leisure after I resigned. I had no worries and could live in peace.
16: This would all come to an abrupt halt. I refused to see Anne Boleyn become Queen. This ruffled a lot of people’s feathers. I refused another oath and this was the breaking point. I was tried on charges of treason and found guilty.
17: The man who I tried to help all along was going to end my life. All of these things you have read about me, in some way, got me here.
18: From February 7th, 1478, when I was born to July 6th, 1535 when I died, I always stuck to what I believed in and helped out when I could. Now I must go.
19: Thomas was hung beside John Fisher (pictured above)
20: " The king's good servant, but God's first." -Thomas More's last words