The Life of Thomas More
Peter Ackroyd's The Life of Thomas More is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a renowned statesman; the author of a political fantasy that gave a name to a literary genre and a worldview (Utopia); and, most famously, a Catholic martyr and saint.
Born into the professional classes, Thomas More applied his formidable intellect and well-placed connections to become the most powerful man in England, second only to the king. As much a work of history as a biography, The Life of Thomas More gives an unmatched portrait of the everyday, religious, and intellectual life of the early sixteenth century. In Ackroyd's hands, this renowned "man for all seasons" emerges in the fullness of his complex humanity; we see the unexpected side of his character--such as his preference for bawdy humor--as well as his indisputable moral courage.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
A good biography, placing in the man in his own context, and dispelling some of the myths regarding the reasons for More's execution. Robert Bolt's play "A Man for all Seasons" is far more to the ... Read full review
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Highly readable and balanced life (and death) of the contentious and many faceted 'man for all seasons' (as some take the use by Erasmus of the phrase 'omnium horarum'). Beatified but no saint, an ... Read full review