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Thomas More : A Very Brief History

Thomas More : A Very Brief History
This book is an excellent starting point for anyone beginning a course of study on the Reformation. There is a helpful discussion of the contrasting characterisations by Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons) and Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) in which Guy points out how later political issues shape the portrayal.
Our Price: £7.99
ISBN/EAN: 9780281076178
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Publisher: SPCK
Author: John Guy
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This book sets out the history (discussing Shaping a mind, Utopia, the king's servant, and the dissident) and then a discussion on the legacy (More's writings, Thomas More in art, canonization, and the lure of fiction). There is an epilogue, a glossary, notes, further reading suggestions and an index. Part One: The History (What do we know?) This brief historical introduction to Thomas More explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context of his life and writings, and considers how those factors affected the way he was initially received. What was his impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with him? Part Two: The Legacy (Why does it matter?) This second part explores the intellectual and cultural `afterlife' of Thomas More, and considers the ways in which his impact has lasted and been developed in different contexts by later generations. Why is he still considered important today? In what ways is his legacy contested or resisted? And what aspects of his legacy are likely to continue to influence the world in the future?
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