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this was a concise but wonderfully detailed book that explored both More s life and the legacy he left behind Guy is an excellent historian and i will definitely read some of his other works. A short book on Sir Thomas More It opens with a chronology of key events relevant to More It then covers his life, his works, his subsequent reputation and influence, how he is treated in art and in literature notably Bolt s A Man for all Seasons and Mantel s Wolf Hall , and his canonisation The book is well written, with all necessary background information given It serves its purpose well as an introduction to More and an overview of his life and legacy but I would have preferred rat A short book on Sir Thomas More It opens with a chronology of key events relevant to More It then covers his life, his works, his subsequent reputation and influence, how he is treated in art and in literature notably Bolt s A Man for all Seasons and Mantel s Wolf Hall , and his canonisation The book is well written, with all necessary background information given It serves its purpose well as an introduction to More and an overview of his life and legacy but I would have preferred ratheron his life and rather less on his treatment in art and relatively recent literature The discussion of More s masterpiece Utopia is very fine.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me have an advance review ebook copy John Guy, Thomas More A Very Brief History London SPCK, 2018 116pp Will the real Thomas More please step forward Since the mid Twentieth Century there have been at least two Thomas Mores vying for supremacy in the mind of the reading public One is the principled, self assured philosopher kind of the A Man for All Seasons 1966 The other is the sneering sadistic zealot of Wolf Hall 2009 One is a saint, the other is very much, so to speak, a sinner John Guy Fellow of Clare College, John Guy, Thomas More A Very Brief History London SPCK, 2018 116pp Will the real Thomas More please step forward Since the mid Twentieth Century there have been at least two Thomas Mores vying for supremacy in the mind of the reading public One is the principled, self assured philosopher kind of the A Man for All Seasons 1966 The other is the sneering sadistic zealot of Wolf Hall 2009 One is a saint, the other is very much, so to speak, a sinner John Guy Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge offers an eminently readable history of the enigmatic Thomas More, perhaps one of the most fascinating individuals in English history In a quick 116 pages TOC below he whisks us through More s life, death, and then explores his legacy and representation in modern literature The book begins, as it ought, by exploring some of the internal tensions that More himself seems to have experienced, beginning with his childhood His story begins in the conflict between his desire for the cloister and his father s desire for him, the chambers.As the story unfolds, these two Thomases appear in conflict.On the one hand, he is the renaissance man capable of writing the jovial, witty Utopia and carrying on a learned correspondence with his friend that ultimate of renaissance men Desiderius Erasmus He is the capable theologian able to, at Henry VIII s request, pen refutations of Luther s doctrines At the same time he appears to be at least savvy enough a politician to become Henry VIII s Lord Chancellor and to advance Henry s agenda Without tracing More s entire life, it seems in Guy s estimation that there was a tipping point A moment not necessarily an instant in which the theologian and author of Utopia won out over the political More It would lead to his death.Guy does a wonderful job of unwinding the threads of More s self and offering a helpful topography of the religious and civil realities of Tudor England A particularly unique contribution is his treatment of the reception of More in subsequent generations He includes More s successors who engaged in a successful campaign to rehabilitate More for a post reformation society I heartily commend it.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsChronologyPart 1 The HistoryShaping a mindUtopiaThe king s servantThe dissidentPart 2 The LegacyMore s writingsThomas More in artCanonizationThe lure of fictionEpilogue Eminent historian John Guy has produced a short and incisive treatise on Thomas More More is known as the advisor to Henry VIII who was executed rather than swear allegiance to Henry as Head of the Church in England, he is also known as the author of a number of works, particularly Utopia a description of an idealised society Whether one s view of More is that of A Man For All Seasons or that of Wolf Hall there is much about the man to admire.Guy has used the restricted length of this bo Eminent historian John Guy has produced a short and incisive treatise on Thomas More More is known as the advisor to Henry VIII who was executed rather than swear allegiance to Henry as Head of the Church in England, he is also known as the author of a number of works, particularly Utopia a description of an idealised society Whether one s view of More is that of A Man For All Seasons or that of Wolf Hall there is much about the man to admire.Guy has used the restricted length of this book to his advantage, splitting his work into three sections Having read Guy s previous biography of More s daughter, Margaret, I was satisfied with the short biographical section which was detailed enough Following that is a look as More s writings, focusing mainly on Utopia , and finally there is a look at More s legacy, both in terms of his story and also the view of him as a religious figure As ever, Guy s work is scrupulously researched but also very readable this was oddly spicy (Free E-pub) ñ Thomas More ⚟ Well known as the man for all seasons, Thomas More is also a man for all purposes Celebrated variously as holy martyr, Marxist hero, and moral exemplar during Clinton s impeachment hearings, Thomas More remains an enigmatic figure This book, by one of the leading historians of Tudor England, seeks to separate the historical More from the many myths about him It uncovers the substructure of evidence on which his biography is based and shows with clarity how the differing portrayals of More have come about, as well as where the line lies between the sustainable and the merely conjectural It is a daring book that goes to the heart of the debate about More, shattering many of the illusions about this idealized figure