The Life of Thomas More

The Life of Thomas More

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a biography of the British statesman and saint who was beheaded for refusing to break ties with the Catholic Church

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The prize-winning English biographer brings to life his country's famous "man for all seasons," focusing on the complicated dynastic, religious, and economic politics that brought More into conflict with Henry VIII and eventually claimed his life.

Publisher: New York ; London : Nan A. Talese, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S.A.
ISBN: 9780385477093
Branch Call Number: 920 MORE, T.
Characteristics: ix, 447 p., [6] p. of plates ; 25 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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