Thomas More’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
English lawyer and politician Thomas More was born in Milk Street in London, on February 7, 1478.
He was the eldest son of Sir John More, a successful lawyer who served as a judge in the King’s Bench court.
Thomas was educated at a free school, St Anthony’s School, Threadneedle Street, London.
In his early teens Thomas entered the household of Cardinal Morton as a page who predicted young Thomas would be a „marvelous man.”
More attended Canterbury College (now Christchurch) at the University of Oxford for two years, where he studied Latin and Logic. More left Oxford without a degree and returned to London, where he studied law with his father and was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1496
Whilst studying law at St Lincoln’s Inn, More lodged with monks at the nearby Charterhouse as he was considering joining their order. In 1502, he was called to the Bar.
Increasingly involved in public affairs, More became a Member of Parliament in 1504, representing Great Yarmouth.