Lord Chancellor is a position in the English government. Cardinal Wolsey begins the play as Chancellor, but after his death Thomas More takes over. The Chancellor was an advisor to the King, and was also known as “Keeper of the King’s Conscience.” This is why, when Thomas More refuses to sign the Act of Supremacy because of his conscience, the King is so upset, because it makes him feel as though he should have a guilty conscience. The Chancellor wears a special decorative chain symbolizing his position. More’s eventual removal of the chain demonstrates that he is giving up his position.
Lord Chancellor Term Timeline in A Man for All Seasons
The timeline below shows where the term Lord Chancellor appears in A Man for All Seasons. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Cromwell explains that the King is displeased both by More’s silence and his resignation as Chancellor, but says the King would reward him for blessing the divorce. More is not moved... (full context)