Saint Thomas More’s great love for his father and authority

February 7, 2011

Judge More - Sir Thomas More's father

Whensoever [Sir Thomas More] passed through Westminster Hall to his place in the Chancery by the Court of the King’s Bench, if his father, one of the judges there, had been sat [before] he came, he would go into the same court, and there reverently kneeling down in the sight of them all, duly ask his father’s blessing. And if it [happened] that his father and he at readings in Lincoln’s Inn met together (as they sometimes did) notwithstanding his high office he would offer in argument the preeminence to his father, though he for his office sake would refuse to take it. And for the better declaration of his natural affection towards his father, he not only (when he lay on his death-bed) according to his duty, ofttimes with comfortable words kindly came to visit him; but also at his departure out of this world, with tears taking him about the neck, most lovingly kissed and embraced him, commending into the merciful hands of Almighty God, and so departed from him.

Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger

William Roper, The Life of Sir Thomas More (Springfield, Ill.: Templegate Publishers, n.d.), pp. 55-56.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 47

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