An exceptional story of the life of the great English Catholic layman, a lawyer and a humanist, the friend and lord chancellor of Henry VIII, who was eventually martyred for his refusal to sign the oath to the Act of Succession recognizing the king as supreme head of the Church of England. His character as a man of sanctity, wisdom, learning, humanity and great good humor is exceptionally well-drawn. The locale, customs, events and colorful personalities of the period are depicted in simple, interesting and remarkably clear fashion. The author never misses an opportunity to explain very briefly, but always accurately, institutions and customs of the times with which few young readers would be familiar. One of the best in a good series- both as hagiography and history.