A Dialogue of Comfort in Tribulation
by St. Thomas More
Publication date 2007-09-05
Usage Public Domain
Topics Audiobook – Nonfiction, religion, philosophy
This fictional dialogue about how Christians should deal with troubles and persecution is set in Hungary immediately prior to an attack by the Ottoman Empire. It was written in the Tower of London while More awaited execution for his religious beliefs.
St. Thomas More was chancellor of England, a humanist philosopher, and an early science fiction writer. He was also a good husband and father, and advocate of education for women. He died a martyr under his former friend, King Henry VIII.
Sir Thomas More,
by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1527
Lord Chancellor
In office
October 1529 – May 1532
Monarch Henry VIII
Preceded by Thomas Wolsey
Succeeded by Thomas Audley
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
31 December 1525 – 3 November 1529
Monarch Henry VIII
Preceded by Richard Wingfield
Succeeded by William FitzWilliam
Speaker of the House of Commons
In office
16 April 1523 – 13 August 1523
Monarch Henry VIII
Preceded by Thomas Nevill
Succeeded by Thomas Audley
Personal details
Born 7 February 1478
London, England
Died 6 July 1535 (aged 57)
London, England
Cause of death Decapitation
Resting place Church of St Peter ad Vincula, London, England
51.508611°N 0.076944°W
Spouse(s) Jane Colt (m. 1505)
Alice Harpur (m. 1511)
Children Margaret
Elizabeth
Cicely
John
Alma mater University of Oxford
Lincoln’s Inn
Sir Thomas More (/mɔər/; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated by Roman Catholics as Saint Thomas More,[1][2] was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.[3] He wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary ideal island nation.
More 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 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.”
Pope Pius XI canonised More in 1935 as a martyr. Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared him the “heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians.”[4] Since 1980, the Church of England has remembered More liturgically as a Reformation martyr.[5] The Soviet Union honoured him for the supposedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia.

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