Under Henry VII, John Morton was made archbishop of Canterbury in 1486 and Lord Chancellor in 1487. He rationalised a benevolence (tax) of Henry's by holding that someone living modestly must be saving money and, therefore, could afford the benevolence, whereas someone living extravagantly obviously was rich and, therefore, could afford the benevolence as well. Morton's Fork may have been invented by another of Henry's supporters, Richard Foxe.
In the movie Princess Bride Vizzini employs this fallacy during the Iocaine Powder Battle of Wits.
- "Morton's Fork". Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- Morton's Fork. Oxford English Dictionary.
- S. B. Chrimes, Henry VII, p. 203.
- Frey et al. (1976). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge, p. 295. ISBN 0-517-52724-3.
- Gray, Robert. The Bridge World, March 1973