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The Last Letters of Thomas More

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Written from the Tower of London, these letters of Thomas More still speak powerfully today. The story of Thomas More, recently told in Peter Ackroyd's bestselling biography, is well known. In the spring of 1534, Thomas More was taken to the Tower of London, and after fourteen months in prison, the brilliant author of Utopia, friend of Erasmus and the humanities, and forme ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published June 6th 2001 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1947)
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Stephen Cranney
Aug 17, 2014 Stephen Cranney rated it really liked it
Main take away I got from the letters was how hard he was seeking to avoid martyrdom while still being honest with himself and others. Contrasts sharply with people today and in the past (e.g. some 2nd century Christians) who are/were intentionally provocative in their zeal to attain martyrdom. Some inspirational moments as he leans on his religious beliefs to keep himself happy during his time in prison before his execution.
Erin
Oct 22, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As the title suggests, the book is the collected correspondence of Thomas More in the years prior to his execution. Poignant and thought provoking, I found the letters themselves fascinating even if they were challenging to read. Be warned, don't attempt this one if you struggle with Old English. In truth, Last Letters gave me more trouble than Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Without the introduction this
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Stephanie Griffin
Jul 09, 2011 Stephanie Griffin rated it it was amazing
Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor of England to King Henry VIII, spent the last 14 months of his life as a prisoner in the Tower of London before being beheaded for not taking an oath proclaiming that Henry was the Head of the Church. The Last Letters of Thomas More collects some of his letters written during that time.
More was a man who held to his beliefs, his “conscience,” and that strength resonates in all of his writings. This is what attracted me to read this book. I greatly admire
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Cherie
Oct 04, 2009 Cherie rated it really liked it
Utopia is a much better read, but if you want to get into the mind of the Doomed man that became a Saint, you should read this book. I will say that with some of the language, Shakespeare is an easier read. This may be because I thoroughly enjoy Shakespeare, but this book had trouble holding my attention. You need to remember while reading that he was very much aware that his letters were being read by King Henry VIII and/or his cronies. I gave it 4 stars because of the interest I have in the su ...more
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Meaty as all get-out, but fascinating nonetheless.
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Sir Thomas More (/ˈmɔːr/; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), venerated by Catholics as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.

More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther and Willia
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