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This resource publication brings jointly vintage texts by means of and approximately Thomas More—poet, student, statesman, kin guy, academic reformer, thinker, historian, and saint. as well as serving as an creation to More’s lifestyles and writings for the final reader, this assortment is a important significant other to the examine of More’s literary and philosophical masterwork, Utopia, and to the examine of sixteenth-century historical past, literature, philosophy, or politics. The writings concentration upon More’s perspectives of schooling, political idea, church-state family members, love and friendship, useful politics, and the vexing problems with judgment of right and wrong. They make clear the targeted Christian humanism that extra expressed and embodied. additionally integrated during this ebook are 3 recognized sixteenth-century money owed of More’s existence via Erasmus, Roper, and a crew of London playwrights together with William Shakespeare.

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He enjoys good, but not rude, health, adequate at any rate to support all the duties of a good citizen, and is subject to no complaints or very few; there is every hope that he will enjoy long life, for his father is still alive at a great age, but wonderfully active and vigorous for his years. I have never seen a man less particular about his food. Until he reached manhood he was content to drink nothing but water, a habit inherited from his father. Only, for fear of causing any embarrassment in this regard, he used to drink his beer out of a pewter tankard, so that the guests did not know—small beer next door to water, and often just water.

For a lesson More gives, using the monkey as an example, see TMSB, p. . Manners and mirth Pleasure in wit Love of animals  Earliest Accounts of More’s Life 1 More and the benefits of liberal education Success at law Piety and marriage Self-testing Choice of a wife they came his way without going out to seek them, and attracted by the mingling of minds rather than bodies. A liberal education he had imbibed from his very earliest years. As a young man he devoted himself to the study of Greek literature and philosophy, with so little support from his father, a man in other respects of good sense and high character, that his efforts were deprived of all outside help and he was treated almost as if disinherited because he was thought to be deserting his father’s profession; for his father is a specialist in English law.

EE ,  August . . TMSB, p. . xxxii Introduction science even in the face of disgrace and death, but we never learn why. Parts two and three of this Source Book contain many of More’s most famous writings on love, friendship, and education; they provide an illuminating contrast to these themes as treated in Utopia. To indicate their interrelatedness in More’s understanding, a section on “Conscience and Integrity” has been included at the end of part three as well as Erasmus’ important letter explaining the character and influence of More’s understanding of education.

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