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The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
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Aug 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction

I suppose it is the biography of More to read, although I've never really looked around to see what else is out there. The two things that really stuck out for me were Ackroyd's depiction of England and how devoutly Catholic it was at the time (stupidly, very stupidly, the thought hadn't really occurred to me before), and also how far ahead More was in how he raised his daughter. The more I look at this period in Europe, and particularly at women, Margaret was almost totally one of a kind. There were some others, sure, like de Pizan and Cereta and Nogarola, and probably most similar, de Gournay, but they were so few and far between, as were the men who didn't seek to perpetuate those circumstances. Not a bad guy, that Thomas More.

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