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Thomas More: A Biography

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 - t ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published March 15th 1984)
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Mar 06, 2013 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Read in 2010. Detailed biography. The account of his relationship and intellectual arguments with Erasmus is particularly fascinating.
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Mar 07, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing
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Richard Marius’ biography is absolutely outstanding. Its strongest point is the way in which it analyzes More, the intellectual. It carefully reviews all More’s works but more importantly, it situates More’s writings in the historical context. It outlines the major theological and philosophical debates of the era showing where More fits in. In addition Marius' identifies the key issues on which More was close to Erasmus and Luther as well as those on which he differed.

Marius in his biography pro
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Oct 05, 2013 Thomas R rated it liked it
I learned some interesting things from this book. If I recall correctly he indicates the vilification of Richard III kind of began with him. But unlike Shakespeare he didn't try to portray Henry VII as all that good. He kind of felt, if I'm remembering this right, that they were both kind of tyrannical. He also had quite the potty-mouth on him, which I hadn't known before college. But there are times I think the author almost wants this to be "The Story of England's Torquemada" and I don't think ...more
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Nov 22, 2016 Webster Bull marked it as to-read
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Am bogging down around 1515, in More’s midlife. Turns out we know preciously little about him until his very public martyrdom, the focus of “A Man for All Seasons.” But that didn’t happen until his final 5-6 years (1530–1535). So much of this very long book is informed speculation based on what was happening AROUND More in his earlier years. Like he was friends with Erasmus, but how good a friend?

I plod on. Thomas More remains one of my favorite saints and to this book’s credit it humanizes him
Jun 01, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
This remarkable biography examines Thomas More's complex personality and the characters that are part of his narrative. The author is a skilled writer. The book is great to read in order to see a master write the brilliant prose.The biography cannot be read quickly; it took me over a month of solid reading to get through the book and ponder what I had just read.
Apr 08, 2015 Toby rated it really liked it
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A good scholarly biography making substantial use of primary sources and doing a very good job in placing More in the context of his time. Not a teflon-coated saint by any means, but rather more complex than the dry and callous chancellor of Wolf Hall.
Feb 26, 2009 Mlg rated it it was amazing
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The best biography of Thomas More that I have ever read.
Martyr or zealot? The reader has to decide. How many people
would die for a belief now days?
Apr 22, 2012 Timothy marked it as to-read
Shelves: history, biography
Haven't been able to finish the book, but I was required to read excerpts from it in a college class. This is the only time I have ever gone out and bought the book after a class. Richard Marius' writing is excellent and engaging. I truly intend to finish this someday for the sheer pleasure of it.
Jun 18, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
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This was not a quick read, but it was an informative and enjoyable read. Marius not only reveals the man, he illuminates the times that form the web within which More lived. Read this book…it is a worthy endeavor for anyone wanting to learn a bit about Tudor England.

Feb 16, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok
got into watching Showtime's "The Tudors" on DVD, remembered I had this book somewhere in the house, and now I have to read it. UPDATE: Deeply researched & authoritative; tough, slow read.
Jul 06, 2014 Will rated it it was ok
Recommended to Will by:
Someone who has come to the shocking realization that More was not a twentieth century liberal (Gasp!).
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Surprised by the corruption in Henry VIII's court; and the incredible, horrible violence!! Henry and ISIS were/are head to head on violence and terror!!
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