|Publication Date: 16 Mar 2017|
|Series: Very Brief Histories|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 128|
|Author: John Guy|
|ISBN-13: 9780281076178, 9780281076185, 9780281077380|
Twenty-two years later, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Thomas More the patron saint of politicians and people in public life, on the basis of his ‘constant fidelity to legitimate authority and . . . his intention to serve not power but the supreme ideal of justice’.
In this fresh assessment of More’s life and legacy, John Guy considers the factors that have given rise to such claims concerning More’s significance. Who was the real Thomas More? Was he the saintly, self-possessed hero of conscience of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons or was he the fanatical, heretic-hunting torturer of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall? Which of these images of More has the greater historical veracity? And why does this man continue to fascinate, inspire and provoke us today?
A miniature jewel on Thomas More - what a treat this little book is.
A lively and learned little book.
John Guy has done more towards the scholarly reappraisal of More’s greatness than most other English historians of the last fifty years.
An excellent starting point for anyone beginning a course of study on the Reformation.