Thomas More is a prime candidate for the London treatment. Born in the city, with a life of official city duties at a time when London was highly distinct from Westminster and the court, he imbued his writings (especially Richard III and his print debate with Tyndale) with a real sense of London's uniqueness. Ackroyd's treatment is thus both apposite and, of course, highly readable. He possesses a real gift for making dry history come alive with telling detail and vivid swathes of local colour. But while the new angle might imply a new understanding of the man, ultimately, the picture is overly familiar. Ackroyd's More comes out looking very much like Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons More--a hinge between dark medievalism and modern secular conscience. Only this time he has an inner London postcode. --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Mr. Ackroyd skilfully captures the life of a consummate lawyer, humanist, martyr and Renaissance man" (National Law Journal)
"Exquisite... [Ackroyd has] a sense of history and a wonderful command of the English language... Highly recommendable" (Library Journal)
"A limpidly written and superbly wrought portrait" (Kirkus Reviews)
"Frank and masterful... [Ackroyd has a] gift for describing what it all looked and felt like" (Baltimore Sun)