New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
book cover of The Life of Thomas More

The Life of Thomas More

(1998)
A non fiction book by

 
The Life of Thomas More is Peter Ackroyd's biography--from baptism to beheading--of the lawyer who became a saint. More, a noted humanist whose friendship with Erasmus and authorship of Utopia earned him great fame in Europe, succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor of London at the time of the English Reformation. In 1535, More was martyred for his refusal to support Henry VIII's divorce and break with Rome. Ackroyd's biography is a masterpiece in several senses. Perhaps most importantly, he corrects the mistaken impression that Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons has given two generations of theater and film audiences: More was not, as Bolt's drama would have us believe, a civil disobedient who put his conscience above the law. Ackroyd explains that "conscience was not for More an individual matter." Instead, it was derived from "the laws of God and of reason." If the greatest justice in this book is analytic, however, its greatest joys are descriptive. Ackroyd brings 16th-century London to life for his readers--an exotic world where all of life is enveloped by the church: "As the young More made his way along the lanes and thoroughfares, there was the continual sound of bells." --Michael Joseph Gross

    Get it on Google Play

Similar Books by other authors...

thumb
Utopia
Thomas More
thumb
The Last of the Mohicans
(Leatherstocking Tales, book 2)
James Fenimore Cooper


Hardback Editions

October 1998 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-47709-0 / 978-0-385-47709-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 1998 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-85619-711-5 / 978-1-85619-711-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 1998 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-49693-1 / 978-0-385-49693-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 1998 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-8640-1 / 978-0-7493-8640-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 1998 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Life Of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-85619-764-6 / 978-1-85619-764-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-4708-8730-4 / 978-1-4708-8730-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 1991 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7861-0247-0 / 978-0-7861-0247-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


January 2006 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


December 1991 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7861-0268-3 / 978-0-7861-0268-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7861-1521-1 / 978-0-7861-1521-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon CA   


1999 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7887-3117-3 / 978-0-7887-3117-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   



Search for