THE CONSCIENCE OF A KING: The Story of Saint Thomas More by Margaret Wrench-Stanley
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THE CONSCIENCE OF A KING: The Story of Saint Thomas More

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A noteworthy addition to the Credo Books, which provides a wealth of historical background and information about the early 16th century. Sent to be a page to the Archbishop when he was only twelve, he went on to Oxford at fifteen, and we are given a vivid picture of the disciplined and rugged lives of the University students of those far away times. His father wished him to return to London to study law at the Inns of Court- and his meteoric rise brought him to the post of Henry VIII's King's Councillor and Judge, and finally to the post of Lord Chancellor of England in 1529. He fell from favor when he refused to sign the Oath of Succession which would have acknowledged Henry as head of the Catholic Church in England. The clarity of the exposition will give young readers a vivid picture of the historical significance of the steps which led to Thomas More's eventual martyrdom. But much of the unique charm of the book lies in the delightful descriptions of family life, which are marked with humor, tolerance and contentment, outstanding in any day. The author devotes one engrossing chapter to More's Utopia. A warmly human story of a great man who was also a great saint, this is beautifully written and would appeal to many as a book for all the family.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1962
Publisher: Hawthorn