One of the most attractive and finest spirits of the reign of Henry VIII was Sir Thomas More
Sir Thomas More
(7 February 1478-6 July 1535), is today venerated by Catholics as Saint Thomas More.
In what Rastell records as "A devout prayer, made by sir Thomas More
, knight, after he was condemned to die, and before he was put to death," More writes: "Good Lord, give me the grace in all my fear and agony to have recourse to that great fear and wonderful agony, that thou my sweet savior had at the mount of Olives before thy most bitter passion, and in the meditation thereof, to conceive spiritual comfort and consolation profitable for my soul.
Wegemer provides a compelling argument that, while Raphael Hythlodaeus and the fictional commonwealth certainly do display Gnostic characteristics, this outlook is severely rebuked by both the character "More" and the author, Sir Thomas More
The Mirrour of Venue in Worldly Greatness; Or, the Lift of Sir Thomas More
The Elizabethan Theatre and The Book of Sir Thomas More
Parliament's Westminster Hall was the site of the trials of many Catholic martyrs, most notably Sir Thomas More
, who was sentenced to death in 1535 for refusing to back the Act of Supremacy which signalled the split from Rome by making Henry VIII supreme head of the church.
There is, if you will, an arresting scene in A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt's magnificent play about Sir Thomas More
Campbell in The English Works of Sir Thomas More
(1931), as well as an Oxford edition of the Commento found in The Poems and Translations of Thomas Stanley (1962).
GUY, THE PUBLIC CAREER OF SIR THOMAS MORE
203 (1980) [hereinafter GUY, PUBLIC CAREER OF MORE].
Nigel Cooke makes a charismatic and likeable Sir Thomas More
In their edition of Sir Thomas More
, Vittorio Gabrieli and Giorgio Melchiori cite a 1964 production at the Nottingham Playhouse with "the then promising young actor Ian McKellen" playing More, and add that "McKellen played the role again in a BBC third programme of 1983" (34).