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The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More


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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 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.


Notes on contributors; Preface; List of abbreviations; Chronology; Part I. Life, Times and Work: 1. The making of a London citizen Caroline M. Barron; 2. Thomas More as humanist James McConica; 3. More's rhetoric Elizabeth McCutcheon; 4. More's public life Catherine Curtis; 5. More and the heretics Richard Rex; 6. The last years Peter Marshall; Part II. Five Major Works: 7. Reading Utopia Dominic Baker-Smith; 8. More on tyranny: The History of King Richard the Third George M. Logan; 9. A Dialogue concerning Heresies Eamon Duffy; 10. 'In stede of harme inestimable good': A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation Andrew W. Taylor; 11. The lessons of Gethsemane: De Tristitia Christi Katherine Gardiner Rodgers; Part III. Reception: 12. Afterlives Anne Lake Prescott; Foundational resources for the study of Thomas More; Index.


Caroline M. Barron, James McConica, Elizabeth McCutcheon, Catherine Curtis, Richard Rex, Peter Marshall, Dominic Baker-Smith, George M. Logan, Eamon Duffy, Andrew W. Taylor, Katherine Gardiner Rodgers, Anne Lake Prescott

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