STAGE OF FOOLS by Charles A. Brady


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A dignified but warmly understanding portrait of Thomas More and his path through the royal puzzles of the 16th century as he stood by his convictions and chose between his lords temporal and spiritual. From his brave words as a beardless boy when the law rather than the Lord called him, to his rise under Henry VIII, Thomas is limned in detail -- in his concern with ecclesiastical matters, his association with Erasmus, his relation to Wolsey and Cromwell, his fortunes as Speaker and later Chancellor, his two marriages, to the little Jane and Dame Alice Middleton, and in his stand on Henry's divorce from Catherine which won him the enmity of Anne Boleyn and cost him his head. All the complications of high politics, of theological argument, of international pressures background this man who had the ""imp of laughter"" all the while he was an ""acrid gorgon of controversy"" and who, because he would not deny his God, lost his King's faith. A triumphant transcript, which although tremendously scholarly is nonetheless supple in its character drawing, of far off times and fame touched people.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1953
Publisher: Dutton