A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

A Play in Two Acts

Book - 1990
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Random House, Inc.
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
Branch Call Number: 822 Bol


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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.

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.

Feb 17, 2019

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

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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