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The King's Good Servant but God's First : The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More

The King's Good Servant but God's First : The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More
by James Monti

Sir Thomas More (1478 - 1535)

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The Life of Thomas More
The Complete Works of St. Thomas More (Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More, Vol 1)The Complete Works of St. Thomas More (Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More, Vol 1) by Thomas More, Katherine Gardiner Rodgers (Editor), Clarence H. Miller (Editor), Anthony S. Edwards (Editor) 

The English poems (c. 1492-1494) are lively and experimental works, written at a time when English poetry was in its doldrums. This collection includes verses for a series of painted hangings in More`s father`s house, a lament for Queen Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII, traditional and sober Fortune verses.

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The Last Letters of Thomas MoreThe Last Letters of Thomas More by Thomas More, Alvaro De Silva (Editor)

Written from the Tower of London, these letters of Thomas More still speak powerfully today.

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 former Lord Chancellor of England was beheaded on Tower Hill. Yet More wrote some of his best works as a prisoner, including a set of historically and religiously important letters.

The Last Letters of Thomas More is a superb new edition of More's prison correspondence, introduced and fully annotated for contemporary readers by Alvaro de Silva. Based on the critical edition of More's correspondence, this volume begins with letters penned by More to Cromwell and Henry VIII in February 1534 and ends with More's last words to his daughter, Margaret Roper, on the eve of his execution. More writes on a host of topics--prayer and penance, the right use of riches and power, the joys of heaven, psychological depression and suicidal temptations, the moral compromises of those who imprisoned him, and much more.

Valuable to a range of readers, this volume records the clarity of More's conscience and his readiness to die for the integrity of his religious faith. It also throws light on the literary works that More wrote during the same period and on the religious and political conditions of Tudor England. Gripping reading awaits those who delve into these pages.

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Utopia

E-text.  This is the complete text of Utopia by Thomas More.

 

The Life of Sir Thomas More

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Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London on February 7, 1478, son Sir John More, a prominent judge.   He was educated at St Anthony's School in London.  As a youth he served as a page in the household of Archbishop Morton, who predicted he would be a "marvellous man."  More went on to study at Oxford...

  
Sir Thomas More -- Encarta Encyclopedia
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More is best known for Utopia (1516), a satirical account of life on the fictitious island of Utopia. On this island the interests of the individual are subordinate to those of society at large, all people must do some work, universal education and religious toleration are practiced, and all land is owned in common. These conditions are contrasted with those of English society, to the substantial disadvantage of the latter. Utopia was the forerunner of a series of similar books. Among the best-known of these are Candide by the French author and philosopher Voltaire, Erewhon by the English novelist Samuel Butler, and A Dream of John Ball by the English poet and artist William Morris...

 

Sir Thomas More

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More is an excellent example of the early English Renaissance. He was friends with such humanists as Erasmus, John Colet, Thomas Linacre and others. Renaisance thinkers were mainly concerned with four ancient schools -- Aristotelianism, Platonism, Stoicism and Epicureanism. The alliance between Platonism and Christianity was as old as Saint Augustine, but had been revived in the Renaissance by Marsilio Ficino. Aristotle had been Christianized by St Thoma Aquinas. Christianity and Stoicism had many close connections from early on. Epicureanism was being Christianized by Lorenzo Valla and Erasmus. This process was to be continued by Pierre Gassendi.

 

More's Last Letter

Thomas More wrote the following letter to his daughter Margaret with a charcoal stick. It was written from prison on July 5, 1535, the day before he was executed.

  

Socialism in the Utopia of Thomas More

Jason Hans Kleine

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Socialist ideals have recurred throughout the history of literature; from Plato to Marx the elusive goal of a perfect state has occupied some of the best minds in political thought manifesting itself in literature. In the midst of this historic tradition is the Utopia of More, a work which links the utopias of the ancient with the utopias of the modern. Hythloday's fantasy island draws heavily on the Greek Republic and yet it influenced the revolutionary world of Marx. What values do the Utopians hold which are in common with other socialist utopian values, and which ideals of theirs are unique?

 

Saint Thomas More Noble Heroism Amidst Treachery

Dave Armstrong, ed.

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The most famous English martyr in the 16th century was St. Thomas More, the universally admired humanist, lawyer, Lord Chancellor, and scholar probably second only to Erasmus; he had written the famous Utopia. This remarkable man was immortalized in our own time by the movie A Man For All Seasons (1966). It is well worthwhile to stop and take a look at this great hero, filled with the highest integrity...

 

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