Sir Thomas More ( / m ɔːr / ; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church 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 purportedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia . [6] [7] [8]

Sir Thomas Malory , (flourished c. 1470), English writer whose identity remains uncertain but whose name is famous as that of the author of Le Morte Darthur , the first prose account in English of the rise and fall of the legendary king Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table .

Even in the 16th century Malory’s identity was unknown, although there was a tradition that he was a Welshman. In the colophon to Le Morte Darthur the author, calling himself “Syr Thomas Maleore knyght,” says that he finished the work in the ninth year of the reign of Edward IV ( i.e., March 4, 1469–March 3, 1470) and adds a prayer for “good delyueraunce” from prison. The only known knight at this time with a name like Maleore was Thomas Malory of Newbold Revell in the parish of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire. This Malory was jailed on various occasions during the period 1450–60, but it is not recorded that he was in prison about 1470, when the colophon was written.

A “Thomas Malorie (or Malarie), knight” was excluded from four general pardons granted by Edward IV to the Lancastrians in 1468 and 1470. This Malorie, who may have been Malory of Newbold Revell, was probably the author of Le Morte Darthur .

Sir Thomas More ( / m ɔːr / ; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church 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 purportedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia . [6] [7] [8]

Sir Thomas Malory , (flourished c. 1470), English writer whose identity remains uncertain but whose name is famous as that of the author of Le Morte Darthur , the first prose account in English of the rise and fall of the legendary king Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table .

Even in the 16th century Malory’s identity was unknown, although there was a tradition that he was a Welshman. In the colophon to Le Morte Darthur the author, calling himself “Syr Thomas Maleore knyght,” says that he finished the work in the ninth year of the reign of Edward IV ( i.e., March 4, 1469–March 3, 1470) and adds a prayer for “good delyueraunce” from prison. The only known knight at this time with a name like Maleore was Thomas Malory of Newbold Revell in the parish of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire. This Malory was jailed on various occasions during the period 1450–60, but it is not recorded that he was in prison about 1470, when the colophon was written.

A “Thomas Malorie (or Malarie), knight” was excluded from four general pardons granted by Edward IV to the Lancastrians in 1468 and 1470. This Malorie, who may have been Malory of Newbold Revell, was probably the author of Le Morte Darthur .

Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415 – 14 March 1471) was an English writer, the author or compiler of Le Morte d'Arthur . Since the late nineteenth century, he has generally been identified as Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire, [1] a knight, land-owner, and Member of Parliament. [2] Previously, it was suggested by antiquary John Leland and John Bale that he was Welsh (identifying "Malory" with " Maelor ").

The name could also be rooted in Irish & Scottish Gaelic and mean "follower of the king," as in "maol" ("follower") and "ry" or "ree" ("king"). "Maol" or "Máel" is a common root of indigenous names and is found in the name " Malmesbury " which was founded by the Irish scholar Máel Dub meaning the "dark follower." Arthurian literature originates in the Irish & Scottish Gaelic traditions as Norman interpretation and (mis)translation. Occasionally, other candidates are put forward for authorship of Le Morte d'Arthur , but the supporting evidence for their claim has been described as "no more than circumstantial". [3]

Most of what is known about Malory stems from the accounts describing him in the prayers found in the Winchester Manuscript . He is described as a "knyght presoner", distinguishing him from the other six individuals also bearing the name Thomas Malory in the 15th century when Le Morte d'Arthur was written. [4]

Sir Thomas More ( / m ɔːr / ; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated in the Catholic Church 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 purportedly communist attitude toward property rights expressed in Utopia . [6] [7] [8]

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