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Edited by John F. ThorntonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John F. Thornton

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: April 8, 2003
  • Price: $13.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-72572-2 (0-375-72572-5)
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A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Thomas More is perhaps most familiar to us from his courageous struggle with Henry VIII, unforgettably portrayed in Robert Bolt’s classic, A Man for All Seasons. But that final struggle, which ended in his execution for treason, was only the crowning act in a life that he had devoted to God long before.

In the first selection in decades made for the general reader from his collected works, this volume traces More’s journey of moral conviction in his own words and writings. Drawing on a variety of More’s late writings—the extraordinary “Tower Works,” written in prison, his poignant last letters to his daughter Margaret, and his poems, private prayers and devotional works—this collection will provide even readers lacking a background in Renaissance humanism or history with a rich introduction to a startlingly modern man of spiritual principle. Also included is the famous “Life of Sir Thomas More,” written by his son-in-law, William Roper.

In the annals of spirituality certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind's relation to the divine.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Sadness of Christ

Instructions and Prayers

Last Letters
To Margaret Roper, c. 17 April 1534
To Margaret Roper, April–May ? 1534
To Margaret Roper, May ? 1534
To All His Friends, 1534
To Dr. Nicholas Wilson, 1534
To Dr. Nicholas Wilson, 1534
To Margaret Roper, 1534
To Margaret Roper, 1534
To Master Leder, Saturday 16 January 1534/5
To Margaret Roper, 2 or 3 May 1535
To Margaret Roper, 3 June 1535
To Antonio Bonvisi, 1535
To Margaret Roper, 5 July 1535

The Life of Sir Thomas More (1557) by William Roper

Description of Thomas More by Erasmus

Sir Thomas More's Epitaph in Chelsea Old Church

Suggestions for Further Reading