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[Richard Marius's] principal claim as a biographer is an unrivaled knowledge of More's works. This serves him very well, in my view. For instance, he is the first writer to stress the central importance of More's unfinished biography of Richard III.
— Paul Johnson
[Richard Marius's Thomas More] will be the definitive popular biography. Custody of the popular memory of a figure like More is of some real importance, and Marius's custody is exemplary. His book is accessible enough to be read by a wide audience but complete and original enough to merit reading by a specialized audience. It is as subtle and satisfying a portrait as I have encountered in years.
— Jack Miles
A very remarkable and exciting book, full of knowledge and understanding.
— G. R. Elton
|2||From Early Life to the Inns of Court||14|
|3||Priesthood or Marriage?||34|
|4||Public Career to 1515||44|
|5||Thomas More and the Renaissance||64|
|6||More and Erasmus||79|
|7||The History of King Richard III||98|
|8||The Richard Hunne affair||123|
|9||Church and State in More's Career||142|
|10||The Building of Utopia||152|
|11||Utopia's Religion and Thomas More's Faith||171|
|12||Utopia: Concluding Postscript||184|
|13||Thomas More, Royal Councillor||189|
|14||Household, Family, and Private Life||217|
|15||More, Erasmus, and the Green Years: 1516-21||235|
|16||The Greek New Testament||251|
|17||Luther and the Protestant Reformation||264|
|18||Thomas More, Theological Councillor||276|
|19||The Four Last Things: Death and Dying||292|
|20||The Reformation Continues||302|
|21||William Tyndale: The Coming of the Reformation to England||312|
|22||Public Defender of the Faith||325|
|23||Elevation to Lord Chancellor||351|
|24||Lord Chancellor and King||371|
|25||Thomas More and the Heretics||386|
|26||Defeat and Departure||407|
|27||Last Months of Freedom||418|
|28||More in Prison||461|
|29||The Last Days||490|
Posted January 23, 2003
This is a wonderful biography of More - fluidly written, well thought through and nuanced. The "recreation" of More's personality by means of analyzing his writings, for which some critics took Marius to task, is effective and quite likely to be accurate - do not let Marius' novelistic writing style undermine the solid historical footing on which this work stands. Good stuff.
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