Sir Thomas More (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535), also known by Catholics as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important councillor to Henry VIII of England and for three years toward the end of his life he was Lord Chancellor. He is recognised as a saint within the Catholic Church and is commemorated by the Church of England as a 'Reformation martyr'. He was an opponent of the Protestant Reformation and in particular of Martin Luther, and William Tyndale.
More coined the word "utopia" - a name he gave to the ideal, imaginary island nation whose political system he described in Utopia.
William Roper (c. 1498 – 4 January 1578) was an English biographer, the son of a Kentish gentleman, he married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas More. He wrote a highly regarded biography of his father-in-law, entitled The Life of Sir Thomas More.
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