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
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Excellent view of what we can reasonably know about Thomas More, a man born in the 15th century. Fortunately he was a prolific writer and was a friend of writers. We know of his childhood, education ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy Behrendt - Goodreads

Excellent view of what we can reasonably know about Thomas More, a man born in the 15th century. Fortunately he was a prolific writer and was a friend of writers. We know of his childhood, education ... Read full review

Contents

THIS DARK WORLD
3
PRETTY PLAYS OF CHILDHOOD
6
ST ANTHONYS PIGS
17
Copyright

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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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