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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ackroyd Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This book, as much a work of history as a biography, is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures in history.

Thomas More (1478–1535) was a renowned statesman; the author of a political treatise, Utopia, that gave a political worldview; and, most famously, a Catholic martyr and saint. Born into the professional classes, Thomas More applied his formidable intellect and well-placed connections to become the most powerful man in England, second only to the king.

In reconstructing the life of Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd provides an unmatched portrait of the everyday, religious, and intellectual life of the early sixteenth century. More emerges in the fullness of his complex humanity, with unexpected characteristics—such as his preference for bawdy humor—and indisputable moral courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vibrant…inspired…Ackroyd successfully delineates the vast complexity of More’s faith…[He] persuasively argues that [More was] less a man for all seasons, perhaps, than a tonic for ours.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] masterly new biography. It must be a candidate for book of the year.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Full of brilliant insight…one stands in awe of Ackroyd’s learning, confident that this is the life of Thomas More for our times.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “Brilliantly conceived…Ackroyd’s vividly human More is...imperfect yet inspiring.”


  • “A sensitive, well-informed work that will be of value to anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of More’s personal history.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “As a biographer of More, Ackroyd is also an effective novelist. He evokes late-medieval London in sight and in smell.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Davidson’s donnish reading accentuates Ackroyd’s erudition and dry wit, but also serves to convey the underlying tension between intellectual ferment and abiding tradition that is the true drama in this story.”


  • “A limpidly written and superbly wrought portrait of a complex hero who was truly, as his friend Erasmus stated, ‘omnium horarum homo,’ a ‘man for all seasons.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Breena | 2/13/2014

    " Not worth a second read to me right now. Made it most of the way through... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/13/2014

    " Will never get that time back "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig Earnshaw | 2/3/2014

    " From the pinnacle of power to the execution block. He was no saint, but he remained true to his principles. "

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    " Amazing life and courageous death. "

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