On the 6th of July 1535, the former Lord Chancellor of England, Thomas More, was executed for high treason within the Tower of London. More specifically, Thomas More had refused to swear the Oath of Supremacy, recognising King Henry VIII as the Head of the English Church, holding steadfast to his beliefs in papal supremacy. It was not the first time More’s enemies within the English court had attempted to bring about such a trial, although the prior ones had all been dismissed due to lack of evidence. Even the final trial was prosecuted on rather suspicious grounds, but the jury had managed to find Thomas More guilty within a quarter hour of discussion. The traditional punishment of being hung, drawn and quartered was commuted to a mere beheading by the King, a final act of mercy in light of Thomas More’s long service to the Crown.
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