On July 6, 1535, former Lord Chancellor Sir
Thomas More was beheaded in London after
being convicted of treason against King Henry VIII. More had not supported the King's policy toward the
church or his marriage to Anne Boleyn, had refused to swear to the
Act of Succession, and had similarly declined to take the Oath of
Supremacy. His last words before execution are said to have been
"The King's good servant, but God's first."