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A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His…
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A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg (edição: 2009)

de John Guy (Autor)

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The life of Sir Thomas More is familiar to many. His opposition to Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn, his arrest for treason in 1534, his virtuoso defence at his trial and his execution in 1535 (and subsequent martyrdom) make up one of the most. famous stories in British history. While More's place in history is secure, however, his daughter Margaret has been almost forgotten: she was airbrushed out of the story, even though she played a leading role in this very public drama. During More's imprisonment in the Tower of London, Margaret became his sole intermediary with the outside world. She visited frequently, and the pair wrote long and loving letters to one another. Margaret also smuggled other inflammatory letters in and out of the Tower during these visits, and it is through these that we see a dramatic new portrait of Sir Thomas More emerge.… (mais)
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Título:A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg
Autores:John Guy (Autor)
Informação:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009), Edition: First, 448 pages
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Even monsters have daughters who love them. This certainly knocked More off his pedestal for me. I can't blame the king for being a trifle annoyed. All the high flown idealism and intellectual ability was squandered on a grasping politician. Well written and researched biography of a highly flawed person. ( )
  varielle | Jan 2, 2019 |
This was a very readable biography of Sir Thomas More and, incidentally, of his daughter, Margaret Roper. I say incidentally, because she was treated with more depth than other family members and other background characters, but nto with nearly the same depth as More, the author of Utopia.

I really liked Guy's More. He was witty, jolly, fun-loving, socially conscious, and a loving family man. However, after I'd finished the book, and had a bit of time to digest what I'd read, I realized that he was the same person who condemned many people to horrible deaths as heretics. I couldn't help but think that his own fate at the hands of Henry VIII was a perfect example of poetic justice.

I really did find this a fascinating read. More was definitely an interesting man who was a deep thinker and very highly principled, although holding too tightly to those same principles led him to commit terrible acts, and, ulitmately, was his undoing. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Dec 6, 2011 |
I enjoyed this book - especially after reading Wolf Hall (although that is fiction) as it gave a different perspective on Thomas More. I guess I need to see A Man for All Seasons... ( )
  andrewcorser | Sep 11, 2010 |
This is a very readable biographical account in tandem of Sir Thomas More (author, scholar, statesman, martyr) and his eldest daughter, Margaret. While Thomas's story is very well known, the author shows that Meg herself was a philosopher and writer in her own right. There is plenty of primary source material to illustrate this; I am often reminded of Stephen Greenblatt's observation that it is astonishing to what extent this society valued contracts and writing things down in general.

Reading this today, it is sad and unfortunate that a first-class mind like Margaret's was prevented from fully participating in the intellectual world of her day ... but it's very in keeping with how we understand the culture of 16th century England. What seems absolutely unfathomable to me is how she married a guy who seemed like such a nasty little toad from the get-go, even with the realization that marriage at the time was viewed as more of a contact-based alliance system. Within this framework, she still seemed to get shafted, especially when compared to the more amenable matches her sisters and brother ended up with.

The climax of the story is Thomas's refusal to endorse the king's break with the Catholic church, and his subsequent imprisonment and beheading. During this time, it was Margaret who was his spiritual and intellectual companion, supporting him in his refusal to take the oath proclaiming Henry the head of the church in England. This book does a wonderful job of explaining the progression of events while at the same time presenting the emotional family story of the Mores. The account of his final days was especially harrowing. If my father was in the Tower, I'd cave in a minute, take the oath Dad! Take the oath, whatever! That is why no one in my family is ever going to achieve sainthood. ( )
  delphica | Aug 1, 2009 |
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The life of Sir Thomas More is familiar to many. His opposition to Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn, his arrest for treason in 1534, his virtuoso defence at his trial and his execution in 1535 (and subsequent martyrdom) make up one of the most. famous stories in British history. While More's place in history is secure, however, his daughter Margaret has been almost forgotten: she was airbrushed out of the story, even though she played a leading role in this very public drama. During More's imprisonment in the Tower of London, Margaret became his sole intermediary with the outside world. She visited frequently, and the pair wrote long and loving letters to one another. Margaret also smuggled other inflammatory letters in and out of the Tower during these visits, and it is through these that we see a dramatic new portrait of Sir Thomas More emerge.

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