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... his life, Sir Thomas More earned respect both as an intellectual and as a man of the court. Born in 1478 to a privileged background, More became a recognizable influence on the early Renaissance movement. After moving into his father’s footsteps as a lawyer, More took up the arts of writing, history, and philosophy. During this time, More befriended a number of upper-class individuals in English society, including Desiderius Erasmus. More became an advisor of King Henry VIII in 1518 and then took up the position of Chancellor in 1529. More was a devoted Catholic and remained voluntarily impoverished throughout his life; however, with the Protestant Reformation, More’s position was challenged due to...