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Overview


Over the centuries, biographers of Thomas More have always praised him and made him an example for their own times. He was a man for all seasons. This Tudor prelate and Lord Chancellor of England shared human qualities identifiable in all ages—pride, love, ambition, generosity, hypocrisy, and greed. He was less than common because he was witty and a great storyteller—the best between Chaucer and Shakespeare. Truly, he was a Renaissance man with the contradictions such praise imposes on a towering figure. In Richard Marius's authoritative and engaging portrait, Sir Thomas More, the martyr and brilliant public figure, is a lesson for our season.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review - Jack Miles
[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.
New York Review of Books - G. R. Elton
A very remarkable and exciting book, full of knowledge and understanding.
New York Times Book Review - Paul Johnson
[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.
New York Times Book Review

[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

Los Angeles Times Book Review

[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

New York Review of Books

A very remarkable and exciting book, full of knowledge and understanding.
— G. R. Elton

Los Angeles Times Book Review
[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
New York Review of Books
A very remarkable and exciting book, full of knowledge and understanding.
— G. R. Elton
New York Times Book Review
[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
Jack Miles
[Richard Narius' Thomas More ] will be the definitive popular biography. Custody of the popular memory of figure like More is of some real importance, and Narius' custody is exemplary. His book is accessible and has 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.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674885257
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 588
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Marius was a historian, novelist, playwright, and a member of the Harvard faculty.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Beginnings 3
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
Epilogue 515
Bibliography 521
Notes 525
Index 545
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    Wonderfully Readable Biography

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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