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  1. says:

    This birth to death biography of Saint Thomas More has an interesting twist As it goes through the personal history of More, it stops to review his various writings when he wrote them Thomas More was the first great Christian humanist to write in English He was close friends with Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutchman who was also a scholar and committed Christian They studied and translated the Greek classics and both agreed that humor was a persuasive weapon in the literary arsenal than dry logic or harsh rhetoric More wrote poetic and literary works the most famous being Utopia as well as theological reflections like his commentary on the Christ s Passion As author Wegemer describes More s family life and career, he throws in chapters reviewing the contents and significance of works written by More Having the literary output interwoven with the biographical history gives the reader a deeper understanding of More s character.The book is a little bit repetitive Sometimes the life story gets ahead of itself and is repeated later on Favorite little anecdotes show up multiple times, such as More s desire to think my greatest enemies my best friends For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred p 192, also p 219 This is a reference the Book of Genesis Jacob s son Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken off to Egypt where he eventually became a high official and was able to save his family from famine The repetition is only a minor distraction and makes me wonder if some chapters were written as separate essays before the whole book was written.Reading this after seeing A Man For All Seasons the 1966 movie is also fascinating Many of the speeches in the movie are taken verbatim from the actual recorded words of Thomas Some details in the movie are left out like More s other children besides Meg or other charges More had to answer in his final trial , which is both typical and to be expected in a theatrical presentation of More s life The book gives a fuller, even inspiring portrait of this saint of great integrity, intelligence, and humor.Highly recommended


  2. says:

    A politician that is an expert on his trade, and sticks to his principles to the extreme, isn t that utopia This has an explicit moral, supernatural tone but enjoyed how that pivotal time in english history is the background onto which this formidable renascent and God trusting figure operates.Particularly enjoyed his nuggets of British humour and pragmatism he wanted to marry x, but settled for her sister because she 1 could do the job 2 he gave his word to her father and 3 felt sorry for her being much less attractive


  3. says:

    Absolutely the most thorough More bio, I ve yet to read, going in depth into his personal plans for a good and holy life However the book is dodged by the author s opinions, some less orthodox than they should be such as the comparison between married life and holy orders However, the author does glean pearls of wisdom regarding the married estate and how to live it with impressive perspicacity For better reading a compendium of works of More as companion would be best particularly of his early works because the author assumes such knowledge at times and at times leaves a thought hanging that would be completed by knowing the thrust of a given work Nevertheless, the most entertaining More book in my acquaintance if not the most scholarly


  4. says:

    I really would give this a 3.5 It got better as I got into it and I would say that Wegemer does a great job of highlighting much original source material The narrative is not very fluid, but this is chock full of good facts and it is obvious how much love and appreciation Wegemer has for his subject.


  5. says:

    This is a brilliant, compelling, enthralling biography of one of the greater Catholic saints someone who I thought I knew aboutuntil I read this book Very well written, covering all aspects of St Thomas life, and providing a very good review of the complicated historical and political factors that had such an impact on his life and witness.Pretty much couldn t put it down


  6. says:

    Due to length and because I wrote this review on behalf of TiberRiver.com I have


  7. says:

    Nice overview of different aspects and themes of St Thomas More s life.


  8. says:

    Included in the Holy Men and Women section of Fr John McCloskey s 100 book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.