The Life of Thomas More

The Life of Thomas More

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Pre-eminent as a courtier and a humanist, a friend to Henry VIII and the author of Utopia, Thomas More is one of the great figures of England's history; his life and career epitomize the great transformation of the country in the space of 35 years. This biography investigates the paradox of this man for all seasons: the man of the world who travelled across Europe to negotiate on behalf of his king, and the unworldly man whose careful silence on the matter of Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn would lead to his disgrace and execution.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Chatto & Windus Random House, 1998.
ISBN: 9781856197113
1856197115
Characteristics: ix, 435 p., [16] leaves of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.

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Vincent T Lombardo Mar 31, 2016

"A Man for All Seasons", which is about Sir Thomas More's refusal to support King Henry VIII's separation from the Catholic Church, is my favorite movie, but I knew very little about More, who was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935. (The movie is based on a play.) The play and movie depict More as a saint, but this book is much more truthful, and you see the real More, warts and all. However, I often found this book just maddening! Ackroyd's style is sometimes ponderous, and he often dwells on minutia. He quotes from original sources using the original Old English, but does not translate into current vernacular, which often left me confused! However, I learned a lot, and even though the play and the movie are sometimes inaccurate, both essentially capture the man. A good book, but, as the cliche goes, "a heavy lift".

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