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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thomas More by John Guy

Was Thomas More the wise man who died rather than disobey his conscience as portrayed in A Man For All Seasons or the fanatical heretic burner of "Wolf Hall"? Perhaps he was both?

I though that this was a biography of Thomas More and, indeed, John Guy does relate his life story. However, the purpose of the book is really to examine his legacy and the different versions of his actions. Guy examines More's writing, especially Utopia, portraits of More, and his canonization, for example. I found the account of his canonization and the English attitude to it especially interesting. Some of the book was rather dry - I would have preferred a biography.

This is well-worth reading for anyone interested in Tudor history.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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