By Elizabeth M. Ince
Published by Ignatius Press
2003, Softcover, 164 pages
St. Thomas More comes to life in this biography from the acclaimed “Vision Books” series of saints for youth 9 – 16 years old. Raised in the London of the late 1400’s, Thomas was a bright student eager for knowledge. When serving as a page for Cardinal Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury noticed his bright wit and sent him to Oxford. There young Thomas became a scholar and later one of the greatest lawyers in England. Going on to serve his King, he soon became one of Henry VIII’s most trusted advisors. But then the unthinkable happened.
King Henry VIII defied Rome and set himself up as the head of the Church in England, commanding all of his subjects to acknowledge him as such. Sir Thomas resigned as Chancellor rather than betray his faith, but his defiance came at a price. King Henry had him arrested and charged with treason. On July 6, 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded for high treason and became a martyr for the Church. Illustrated. (From the Ignatius Press Website)