Great Lines from _A Man for All Seasons_: On the Cruelty of Life

Narrator: Thomas More’s head was stuck on Traitors’ Gate for a month, then his daughter, Margaret, removed it and kept it till her death. Cromwell was beheaded for high treason five years after More. The archbishop was burned at the stake. The Duke of Norfolk should have been executed for high treason, but the king died of syphilis the night before. Richard Rich became chancellor of England and died in his bed.

(Thus, Cromwell himself, who led the charge against More, suffered the same fate.  Norfolk, More’s friend, who is depicted in the play/film as deeply troubled, nearly suffers the same fate for going with Henry out of fear.  Rich, the conniving sycophant, is the one who dies a natural death without ever losing favor).

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