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Thomas accepted Alice's daughter from her previous marriage as his own. In and More took part in talks, at Calais and Brugge, with the emperor Charles V and with the Hansa merchants. Erasmus wrote his Praise of Folly while staying there.

Thomas had two brothers and three sisters, but three of his siblings died within a year of their birth. Erasmus intervened, however, and ended the dispute.

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In the Responsio, More defended papal supremacy, the sacraments, and other Church traditions. The prayer, fasting, and penance habits stayed with him for the rest of his life. Alice was not particularly attractive, and her temperament was less docile than Jane's. Henry accepted it, although he was unhappy with what he viewed as flagging loyalty. Technically, this was not an act of treason, as More had written to Henry seemingly acknowledging Anne's queenship and expressing his desire for the King's happiness and the new Queen's health.

This was considered to be the final Submission of the Clergy. In revenge, the King had imprisoned More's father and not released him until a fine was paid and More himself had withdrawn from public life. He was locked away in the Tower of London. It became clear to all that Henry was prepared to break away from the Church in Rome, something More knew he could not condone. During this time, he wrote comedies and studied Greek and Latin literature.

This More was willing to do, acknowledging that Anne was in fact anointed queen. However, he had no defense against treachery, and several dubious witnesses were able to contrive a story that he had spoken words that had the same effect as treason.

Thomas accepted Alice's daughter from

Most of his charges were girls, to whom he provided the most refined Classical and Christian education. His head was put on display, but his daughter Margaret possibly bribed someone to take it down. He thereafter avoided any hint of criticism of Church authority.

Henry then had charges trumped up against More, but More's own integrity protected him. In he was made undertreasurer and knighted.

More instead wrote a letter of congratulations. Even Erasmus became much more favourable once he witnessed their accomplishments. More furthermore publicly refused to uphold Henry's annulment from Catherine. The History is a Renaissance biography, remarkable more for its literary skill and adherence to classical precepts than for its historical accuracy. The relationship between More and Henry became strained again when seeking to isolate More, Henry purged many of the clergy who supported the Pope.