Saints John Fisher and Thomas More

St John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester

St John refused to sign allegiance to the royal supremacy. The oath of allegiance to the supremacy said that King Henry VIII and Queen Anne were the heirs to the throne. St John Fisher was arrested and imprisoned in a tower of London. Pope Paul III decided to make St John a cardinal to save his life and get him out of prison. His plan backfired and he was beheaded a month later by King Henry VIII.

St Thomas More, Chancellor of England

Thomas More was a humanist writer and a close friend of Henry VIII. He, like St John Fisher, refused to take the oath of supremacy acknowledging Henry and Anne as the rulers of England. His higher standing in England threatened Henry's plans, so he was arrested. Because of More's lawyer skills, he struggled to make his faith a priority. He was tried and convicted of treason.

Both St John Fisher and Thomas More were canonized in 1935. They share a feast day on June 22.

St Thomas More was beheaded on July 6, 1535, which was two weeks after St John Fisher. When More was on the scaffold, he quoted, "I die the King's good servant, but God's first" from A History of the Church to the Eve of the Reformation.
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