Picture of Sir Thomas More, author of Utopia and subject of Robert Bolt's 1960 play A Man for All Seasons
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More's Last Letter, Last Kiss
On this day in 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded, his punishment for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England, and husband of as many as he pleased. More's last letter, written in charcoal from the Tower on the eve of his execution, praises his daughter Margaret for showing the authorities that she too "hath no leisure to look to worldly courtesy."

 

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