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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385496931
ISBN-13: 9780385496933
Sku: 30522843
Publish Date: 4/23/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  480
Age Range:  NA
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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'. (from the first line)
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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Peter Ackroyd's The Life of Thomas More is a reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures of history - and arguably the most brilliant lawyer the English-speaking world has ever known. Thomas More was a renowned statesman, the author of a political fantasy that gave a name to a literary genre and a worldview (Utopia), and, most famously, a Catholic martyr and saint, who was beheaded when he refused to follow his sovereign, King Henry VIII, in severing England's ties from the Catholic Church.|Ackroyd shows dramatically how the clouds of Reformation that swarmed over the European 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.
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.
Author Bio
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.


Wall Street Journal
"[A] sensitive, well-informed work that will be of value to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of More's personal history." - Perez Zagorin 10/22/1998

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