The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More (Cambridge Companions to Religion)

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More (Cambridge Companions to Religion)

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Cambridge University Press, 1/27/2011
EAN 9780521888622, ISBN10: 052188862X

Hardcover, 330 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

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
List of abbreviations
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