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Thomas More

Thomas More

A Biography

Richard Marius

ISBN 9780674885257

Publication date: 03/15/1999

Over the centuries, biographers of Thomas More have always praised him and made him an example for their own times. He was a man for all seasons. This Tudor prelate and Lord Chancellor of England shared human qualities identifiable in all ages—pride, love, ambition, generosity, hypocrisy, and greed. He was less than common because he was witty and a great storyteller—the best between Chaucer and Shakespeare. Truly, he was a Renaissance man with the contradictions such praise imposes on a towering figure. In Richard Marius's authoritative and engaging portrait, Sir Thomas More, the martyr and brilliant public figure, is a lesson for our season.


  • [Richard Marius's Thomas More] will be the definitive popular biography. Custody of the popular memory of a figure like More is of some real importance, and Marius's custody is exemplary. His book is accessible enough to be read by a wide audience but complete and original enough to merit reading by a specialized audience. It is as subtle and satisfying a portrait as I have encountered in years.

    —Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times Book Review


  • Richard Marius was a historian, novelist, playwright, and a member of the Harvard faculty.

Book Details

  • 562 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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