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  • Page extent: 330 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.66 kg

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  • Dewey number: 942.05/2092
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DA334.M8 C19 2011
  • LC Subject headings:
    • More, Thomas,--Saint,--1478-1535
    • Great Britain--History--Henry VIII, 1509-1547--Biography
    • Henry--VIII,--King of England,--1491-1547--Relations with humanists
    • Great Britain--Politics and government--1509-1547
    • England--Intellectual life--16th century

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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More
Cambridge University Press
9780521888622 - The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More - Edited by George M. Logan
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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More

This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of a major figure of the modern world. Combining breadth of coverage with depth, the book opens with essays on More's family, early life and education, his literary humanism, virtuoso rhetoric, illustrious public career and ferocious opposition to emergent Protestantism, and his fall from power, incarceration, trial and execution. These six chapters are followed by in-depth studies of five of More's major works – Utopia, The History of King Richard the Third, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation and De Tristitia Christi – and a final essay on the varied responses to the man and his writings in his own and subsequent centuries. The volume provides an accessible overview of this fascinating figure to students and other interested readers, whilst also presenting, and in many areas extending, the most important modern scholarship on him.

George M. Logan is the James Cappon Professor of English (Emeritus) at Queen's University, Canada, and a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. A leading More scholar, he is the author of an influential book on Utopia, principal editor of the Cambridge edition of that work and editor of More's History of King Richard the Third, as well as senior editor of the sixteenth-century section of the distinguished Norton Anthology of English Literature.


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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More

Edited by

George M. Logan


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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

The Cambridge companion to Thomas More / edited by George M. Logan.
p. cm. – (Cambridge companions to religion)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-521-88862-2 Hardback – ISBN 978-0-521-71687-1 (Pbk.)
1. More, Thomas, Sir, Saint, 1478–1535. 2. Great Britain–History–Henry VIII,
1509–1547–Biography. 3. Henry VIII, King of England, 1491–1547–Relations with
humanists. 4. Great Britain–Politics and government–1509–1547. 5. England–
Intellectual life–16th century. 6. Christian martyrs–England–Biography.
7. Statesmen–Great Britain–Biography. 8. Humanists–England–Biography.
I. Logan, George M., 1941– II. Title. III. Series.
DA334.M8C19 2011
942.05′2092–dc22
2010029549

ISBN 978-0-521-88862-2 Hardback
ISBN 978-0-521-71687-1 Paperback

Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.


For Clarence H. Miller


Contents

Notes on contributors
xi
Preface
xv
List of abbreviations
xix
Chronology
xxi
The family tree of Thomas More
xxiv
Part I    Life, times and work
1
1         The making of a London citizen
Caroline M. Barron
3
2         Thomas More as humanist
James McConica
22
3         More's rhetoric
Elizabeth McCutcheon
46
4         More's public life
Cathy Curtis
69
5         Thomas More and the heretics: statesman or fanatic?
Richard Rex
93
6         The last years
Peter Marshall
116
Part II   Five major works
139
7         Reading Utopia
Dominic Baker-Smith
141
8         More on tyranny: The History of King Richard the Third
George M. Logan
168
9         ‘The comen knowen multytude of crysten men’: A Dialogue Concerning Heresies and the defence of Christendom
Eamon Duffy
191
10        ‘In stede of harme inestimable good’: A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation
Andrew W. Taylor
216
11        The lessons of Gethsemane: De Tristitia Christi
Katherine Gardiner Rodgers
239
Part III  Reception
263
12        Afterlives
Anne Lake Prescott
265
Foundational resources for More studies
288
Index
292




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