Thomas More was born in 1478, son of the lawyer and judge John More and his wife, Agnes. He received a classical education from the age of six, and at age 13 became the protege of Abp. John Morton, who also served an important civic role as the Lord Chancellor. Although Thomas never joined the clergy, he would eventually assume the position of Lord Chancellor himself.
More received a well-rounded college education at Oxford, becoming a “renaissance man” who knew several ancient and modern languages and was well-versed in mathematics, music, and literature. His father, however, determined that Thomas should become a lawyer, so he withdrew his son from Oxford after two years to focus him on that career. Read more