St. Thomas More was born in London in 1478. A lawyer, he eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England, which was the most powerful position in England after the king. In addition to working with King Henry VIII, he was also friends with the king. However, the friendship ended when the king demanded a divorce. St. Thomas More refused to swear an oath which declared King Henry VIII to be the head of the church in England. The saint resigned the chancellorship and was imprisoned. He died for his faith in 1535. St. Thomas More is patron saint of lawyers.