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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man for All Seasons, 8 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Thomas More (Hardcover)
This is a superb but slightly dated book, published in 1942, when Raymond Chambers was anxious about the impending Second World War. Chambers, who was a scholar of literature rather than history, may be looking for an English hero. His biography is warm and sympathetic - I can't remember a word of criticism directed at his subject. He goes to some lengths to explain away some of More's less attractive traits: More's punishment of heretics is explained by emphasising, in at least one place, that he is dealing with seditious heresy - it's the sedition that attracts the punishment, not the heresy. More comes across like a modern man. I think he is more likely to have been a conservative man, rooted in his time. I fell in love with More when I first read this book, over 40 years ago. It is a gorgeous narrative, written from the heart in graceful, elegant prose. Is it accurate? I'm not sure, but I want it to be.
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