A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

A Play in Two Acts

Book - 1990
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The classic dramatization of Sir Thomas More's historic conflict with Henry VIII&;a compelling portrait of a courageous man who died for his convictions.

Sir Thomas More&;the brilliant nobleman, lawyer, humanist, author of such works as Utopia&;was a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII, ascending to the position of Lord Chancellor in 1529. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church in 1531 after the Pope had refused to grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned the Chancellorship. In 1534, Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns&;including the Pope. More refused, was imprisoned, and finally was executed in 1535.

An enduring modern classic, A Man for All Seasons "challenges the mind, and, in the end, touches the heart" (New York Times).

Baker & Taylor
Consciences of Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII are poles apart in the religious conflict over the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990, c1960
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
Description: xxv, 163 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780679728221
0679728228
Branch Call Number: 822 Bol

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SusyHendrix
Jun 19, 2020

A great play about keeping one's integrity intact. Whether or not you share More's religious views does not matter-- what makes him heroic is his unwillingness to play the hypocrite or betray his conscience, and those are qualities anyone of any background can appreciate.

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EljayJohnson
May 24, 2020

I've always loved reading plays and this classic historical was right up my alley: sharp, intelligent dialogue; great prologue; subtle and incisive themes and insight. I would enjoy a debate with Mr. Bolt about just how saintly Sir Thomas More really was, but what's wrong with some scholarly disagreement? Immensely quotable and quite enjoyable. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the woefully clunky and unnecessary Common Man character needlessly making asides to the audience.

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bkCapital
Feb 17, 2019

A man who will stand by his principles, no matter what the consequences are.

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Tabaqui
Oct 09, 2016

Oh my goodness, this is such a great book. If you ever have the chance to see this play in person, do it. The story of a man who was willing to sacrifice everything, except his conscience and his beliefs. Absolutely amazing and a very inspiring story. It still almost overwhelms me every time I read it.

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