Facts about Sir More

Sir Thomas More died at 57 years old.
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: The author of Utopia


Sir Thomas More Biography

Thomas More was called “a man for all seasons,” a nickname reflecting his multi-talented life as an author, humanist, statesman and (finally) martyred Catholic saint. More is remembered as the counselor who clashed with King Henry VIII, refused to acknowledge the king’s supremacy over the church, and was finally imprisoned and beheaded. (More was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.) More is also known as the author of the book Utopia (1516), which describes a fictional country in which crime and poverty don’t exist, possessions are shared, and humanistic ideals prevail. More coined the term Utopia (from the Greek “no place”), and it is now used to mean any fictional place of idealized perfection.

Extra credit

The 1966 movie A Man For All Seasons, based on Robert Bolt’s play, won six Oscars including the best actor award for Paul Scofield.


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