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Thomas More is known to us through so many representations: from Holbein's famous portrait to Robert Bolt's "Man For All Seasons". By good chance a quantity of is own letters (including those written in the tower) survive. Among contemporaries, Erasmus wrote about him and his own son-in-law, William Roper, wrote a masterly if not always accurate biography 20 years after More's death. For a Renaissance figure, even a Chancellor of England, there is an unusually rich stratum of source materials. But this has not simplified the business of understanding the "real" Thomas More, for of course he was at the centre of the Reformation, an ideological schism with a remarkably enduring potency. He has also emerged in some commentaries as a Marxist hero. This account seeks to unravel these disparate strands in a search for the historical More. John Guy persuades us to give some of our attention to the life, not just the death, of More, and to ponder the motivation for More's stand against Henry VIII, not just the stand itself.

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Essential reading for anyone venturing on a serious study of the minefiled of literature which centres on More. Professor Guy with clarity and erudiation shows how brilliantly, compassionately and sensitively it can be done. (Church Times)

The indisputable fact about More is that he had many admirers, culminating in his canonization in 1935. How has it happened? The 'spin' story has been believed. But historians have to expose that. Professor Guy, with clarity and erudition, shows how brilliantly, compassionately and sensitively it can be done. (Church Times)

John Guy has scrutinized the layers of complex mythology surrounding this man, and systematically removed the prejudice and the propaganda. The precious image of Thomas More as the saintly but domesticated scholar dragged reluctantly into politics and martyred by a lustful tyrant is rocked on its pedestal. (English Historical Review)

A highly intelligent and complex study. While Guy raises as many questions as he answers, he has produced an intriguing and challenging study of an enigmatic man. (The Journal of the HIstorical Association. 2002-01-01)

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"The indisputable fact about More is that he has had many admirers, culminating in his canonization in 1935. How has it happened? The 'spin' story has been believed. But historians have to expose that. Professor Guy, with clarity and erudition, shows how brilliantly, compassionately and sensitively it can be done." Church Times

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