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The Life of Thomas More

(1998)
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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

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1998 : USA Hardback
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
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February 1998 : UK Hardback
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
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-49693-1 / 978-0-385-49693-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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December 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-8640-1 / 978-0-7493-8640-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1998 : UK Paperback
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
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Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio CD
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
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December 1991 : USA Audio CD
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
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January 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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
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1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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
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December 1991 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Dixie Lee Ray, Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7861-0268-3 / 978-0-7861-0268-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Life of Thomas More
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Anchor
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