By Thomas More
This resource publication brings jointly vintage texts through and approximately Thomas More—poet, student, statesman, relations guy, academic reformer, thinker, historian, and saint. as well as serving as an advent to More’s existence and writings for the final reader, this assortment is a invaluable significant other to the learn of More’s literary and philosophical masterwork, Utopia, and to the research of sixteenth-century background, literature, philosophy, or politics. The writings concentration upon More’s perspectives of schooling, political concept, church-state kinfolk, love and friendship, useful politics, and the vexing problems with judgment of right and wrong. They make clear the exact Christian humanism that extra expressed and embodied. additionally integrated during this publication are 3 recognized sixteenth-century debts of More’s existence via Erasmus, Roper, and a staff of London playwrights together with William Shakespeare.
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Now happened there after this, a great ship of his that then was Pope to arrive at Southampton, which the King claiming for a forfeiture, the Pope’s ambassador, by suit unto His Grace, obtained that he might for his master the Pope have counsel learned in the laws of this realm, and the matter in his own presence (being himself a singular15 civilian) in some 33 34 36 37 38 . Sion was a Bridgettine monastery in Middlesex. . stick—delay, hesitate . April . . An ordinary worker earned roughly ten pounds a year.
Up to the last moment of his life, More used discreet but effective means of appealing to the conscience of his king and his country. This he did, convinced that the very principle of just and legitimate government of both church and state was at stake. Although More’s life seemed to end in failure, historians now recognize his role in opposing a politics of unchecked power and in helping to advance an understanding of democratic self-rule. As British historian John Guy recently wrote,“For a former Lord Chancellor to defy the King and claim freedom of conscience against the state was a revolutionary step by the standards of the sixteenth century.
How goodlooking he was as a young man, one can guess even now by what remains—though I knew him myself when he was not more than threeand-twenty, for even now he is scarcely past his fortieth year. He enjoys good, but not rude, health, adequate at any rate to support all the duties of a good citizen, and is subject to no complaints or very few; there is every hope that he will enjoy long life, for his father is still alive at a great age, but wonderfully active and vigorous for his years. I have never seen a man less particular about his food.
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