RORATE CÆLI: Saint Thomas More: “This indictment is grounded upon an Act of Parliament, directly oppugnant to the laws of God and his holy Church…”

All which notwithstanding the jury found him guilty, and incontinent upon the verdict the Lord Chancellor [for that matter chief commissioner] beginning in judgment against him, Sir Thomas More said to him, “My Lord, when I was towards the law, the manner in such case was to ask the prisoner before judgment, why judgment should not be given against him.” Whereupon the Lord Chancellor staying his judgment, wherein he had partly proceeded, demanded of him what he was able to say to the contrary. Who then in this sort mildly made answer:

RORATE CÆLI: Saint Thomas More: “This indictment is grounded upon an Act of Parliament, directly oppugnant to the laws of God and his holy Church…”

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