Thomas More (1478-1535), although a layman, was appointed lord chancellor of England in 1529. When Henry VIII, unhappily married to Catherine of Aragon, appointed himself head of the Church of England and granted himself an annullment, he refused to support the Act of Succession. He was found guilty of high treason and beheaded. More was canonized in 1935.
Artist unknown. Sir Thomas More.1530.Oil on canvas. 22 9/16 X 12 5/8<57.3 X 44.8cm). Harvard Law Art Collection, Cambridge.