Act of Attainder of Sir Thomas More, 1534
Catalogue reference: C 65/143, m. 3, no. 4


…And forasmuch as the said Sir Thomas More contrary to the truste and confidence aforesaid being lawfully and dewly required, syns the first day of May last past unnaturally and contrary to his dutie of allegeaunce, entendyng to sowe and make sedycion murmour and gruge within this the Kyngs Realme among the true obedyent and faythfull subjectes of the same hath obstynatly forwardly and contemptuously refused to make and receyve such corporell othe as was ordeyned to be accepted of every Subjecte of this Realme for thesuertie and establisshement of the succession of oure saide Soveraigne Lorde in the Imperiall Crowne of this Realme. And for that, he hath onkyndly and ingratly servyd our said Soveraigne Lorde by divers and sundry ways means and condycions contrary to the truste and confidence…

…And Further be it enacted by the auctorite of this present Parliament, that forasmoche as the said Sir Thomas More by the obstinate refusell of the said oathe hath committed and done mysprision of High Treason, that the said Sir Thomas More for his offences aforesaid shall stond and be atteynted convicted of mysprision of High Treason, in such maner and fourme as yf he were atteynted for the same offence of misprision of High Treason by the due order of the comen lawe; and shall suffer suche paynes of imprisonament of his body and losses of his goodes catales dettes leases for yeres states of freholde and other forfeitures and penalties conteyned specified and provided in the statute of succession of the Crowne of this Realme for offences of mysprision of High Treason, in suche maner fourme and condicion to all intents and purpose as if the said Sir Thomas More for the same offence of misprision of High Treason were laufully atteynted by order of the Comen lawe upon the same…

Modern English

…And for as much as the said Sir Thomas More, contrary to the trust and confidence aforesaid, being lawfully and duly required, since the first day of May last past unnaturally and contrary to his duty of allegiance, intending to sow and make sedition, murmur, and grudge within this the king's realm among the true obedient and faithful subjects of the same, has obstinately, forwardly and contemptuously refused to make and receive such corporal oath as was ordained to be accepted of every subject of this realm for the surety and establishment of the succession of our said sovereign lord in the imperial crown of this realm. And for that he has unkindly and ungratefully served our said sovereign lord by diverse and sundry ways, means and conditions contrary to his trust and confidence…

…And further be it enacted by the authority of this present Parliament, that for as much as the said Sir Thomas More by the obstinate refusal of the said oath, has committed and done misprision of High Treason, that the same Sir Thomas More for his offences aforesaid shall stand and be attainted convicted of misprision of High Treason, in such manner and form as if he were attainted for the same offence of misprision of High Treason by the due order of the common law, and shall suffer such pains of imprisonment of his body, and losses of his goods, chattels, debts, leases for years, states of freehold and other forfeitures and penalties contained specified and provided in the statute of succession of the crown of this realm for offences of misprision of High Treason, in such manner, form and condition to all intents and purpose as if the said Sir Thomas More for the same offence of misprision of High Treason were lawfully attainted by order of the common law upon the same…

 

 


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