By Thomas More
This resource e-book brings jointly vintage texts by way of and approximately Thomas More—poet, student, statesman, kinfolk guy, academic reformer, thinker, historian, and saint. as well as serving as an creation to More’s lifestyles and writings for the overall reader, this assortment is a valuable spouse to the learn of More’s literary and philosophical masterwork, Utopia, and to the examine of sixteenth-century heritage, literature, philosophy, or politics. The writings concentration upon More’s perspectives of schooling, political conception, church-state family members, love and friendship, functional politics, and the vexing problems with judgment of right and wrong. They make clear the unique Christian humanism that extra expressed and embodied. additionally incorporated during this e-book are 3 recognized sixteenth-century money owed of More’s lifestyles by means of Erasmus, Roper, and a workforce of London playwrights together with William Shakespeare.
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He has never sent anyone away with a long face. You might call More the general resource of everyone who needs help. He thinks some great stroke of luck has come his way if he has been able to relieve the oppressed, to help the perplexed and entangled out of their troubles, or to reconcile the parties to a quarrel. And yet, though he is very fortunate on so many counts, and though good fortune is often accompanied by self-conceit, it has never yet been my fortune to see a man more free from that fault than he.
See Selected Letters, #, p. . 80 6 7 8 9 85 11 12 13 14 90 16 17 18 19 95 21 22 23 24 100 26 27 28 29 105 31 32 33 34 110 36 37 38 Erasmus on More, 1519 115 6 7 8 9 120 11 12 13 14 125 16 17 18 19 130 21 22 23 24 135 26 27 28 29 140 31 32 33 34 145 36 In society he shows such rare courtesy and sweetness of disposition that there is no man so melancholy by nature that More does not enliven him, no disaster so great that he does not dissipate its unpleasantness. From boyhood he has taken such pleasure in jesting that he might seem born for it, but in this he never goes as far as buffoonery, and he has never liked bitterness.
More’s William Roper, –, miniature by Hans Holbein Earliest Accounts of More’s Life conscience first becomes an issue when, as a “beardless boy” in Parliament, he upsets the plans of King Henry VII to exact a “three-fifteenths” subsidy from the people to promote the marriage of his daughter Margaret to James IV of Scotland. The best critical edition of this text continues to be the edition of the Early English Text Society, edited by E. V. Hitchcock, The Lyfe of Sir Thomas Moore, knight (Oxford UP).
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