King Henry became so obsessed with trying to achieve More's acceptance that it was said he "Wants either Sir Thomas More to bless his marriage or Sir Thomas More destroyedaE (119). King Henry with his lust for new love took his unrelenting iron fist and thrust down Sir Thomas More's throat his last breath of life. But a King without a council is powerless; there are others who are accountable for Sir Thomas More's death.
Though it may be argued that Thomas Cromwell and Richard Rich are simply pawns for the king to play, every man is responsible to follow his conscious. Cromwell and Rich are responsible for the final prosecution of More. Rich, along side Cromwell, is guilty of letting greed for power enable him to bring down a good man. They knew none could beat More in a court of laws and rules, so instead of trying to fight More with rules, they decided to break them. Rich lied under oath sending More to his deathbed, leaving More to exclaim, "I am sorrier for your perjury than my perilaE(156). Cromwell, in his quest for power,