The Life of Thomas More

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Anchor Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 447 pages
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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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Informative and easy to read. - Goodreads
Peter Ackroyd's style is very difficult to read. - Goodreads
Well-researched, informative biography. - Goodreads
Easy to read but still has substance and depth. - Goodreads

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User 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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I love reading about the lives of saints. Usually, they are written by believers and are more like hagiographies. Ackroyd is an historian. He showed the world of Thomas More. He would make his own ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent books include the biographies Dickens, Blake, and Thomas More and the novels The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, Milton in America, and The Plato Papers. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award (jointly), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Guardian fiction prize. He lives in London.

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