The Life of Thomas More (Paperback)

Author: Ackroyd, Peter

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In a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures in history, Ackroyd provides an unmatched portrait of the everyday, the religious, and intellectual life of the early 16th century. in color.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385496933
SKU 30522843
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385496931
Release Date 12/1/1999
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Author Info
Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd grew up in a council house near London's Wormwood Scrubs. After beginning his education at St Benedict's, a Catholic state school where he began studying Latin and Greek at age 11, Peter Ackroyd was educated at Cambridge and Yale universities. At Yale, where he was a Mellon Fellow, he wrote a history of modern aesthetics that was published in 1976 as NOTES FOR A NEW CULTURE. Since then, he has written novels, biographies, poems, and a book on transvestitism. He has also worked as an editor, film critic, and book reviewer. In his fiction, he eschews literary realism, believing it to be an outmoded idea. One of his perennial interests as a writer is the continuity of place in people's lives--in his case, almost always London's East End. Ackroyd is a self-professed workaholic, publishing a book a year between 1994, when his longtime lover, Brian Kuhn, died of AIDS, and 2000, when, upon completion of his book LONDON (a "biography" of the city), Ackroyd suffered a massive heart attack, from which he recovered fully.
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"[A] sensitive, well-informed work that will be of value to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of More's personal history."
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First Line The infant was taken, within a week of its birth, to the precincts of the church; the child of wrath must be reformed into the image of God, `the servant of the fiend' made into `a son of joy'.
Annotation A biography of Sir Thomas More, lawyer, scholar, author, and religious figure, who was put to death for his devotion to Catholicism in 1535. Ackroyd provides background on 16th-century London, insight into More's relationship with Henry VIII, and the details surrounding his imprisonment and execution. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Editors Note Peter Ackroyd's "The Life Of Thomas More" is a magnificent reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history. Thomas More was a renowned statesman, the author of a political fantasy that gave a name to a genre and a worldview (Utopia), and, most famously, a Catholic martyr, who paid with his life when he refused to follow his sovereign, King Henry VIII, in severing England's ties with the Catholic Church. Born into the professional classes, Thomas More (1478-1535) rose by dint of formidable intellect and well-placed connections to become the most powerful man in England after the king. An exponent of what was called in his day "the mixed life, " More combined medieval piety with worldly mastery of legal argument and the art of negotiation. Ackroyd dramatically shows how the clouds of Lutheran reformation that swarmed over the continent unleashed the storm of the early modern period that swept away More's world and took his life. He clarifies the whirl of dynastic, religious, and mercantile politics that brought the autocratic Henry VIII and the devout More into their fateful conflict. And he narrates the unrelenting drama of More's final days -- his detention, trial, and execution -- with a novelist's mastery of suspense. In Ackroyd's hands, this renowned "man for all seasons" emerges in the fullness of his complex humanity; we see the unexpected side of his character (a preference for bawdy humor) as well as his indisputable moral courage.
Annotation 3 Peter Ackroyd creates an absorbing biography of Sir Thomas More--lawyer, scholar, author, and religious figure--who was put to death for his devotion to Catholicism in 1535. Ackroyd provides background on 16th-century London, insight into More's relationship with Henry VIII, and the details surrounding his imprisonment and execution. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
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Number of Pages 0480
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