TGIT...thank God it's Tuesday

You alone have long known the secrets to my heart, affirmed Sir Thomas More to his eldest daughter, Margaret (1505–1544), shortly before his execution for defying Henry VIII. Guy (NBCC award winner for Queen of Scots) describes the Catholic More as a witty and flawed man: a future martyr who condemned others to be burned at the stake, who educated his daughter (Erasmus himself paid tribute to her for correcting his Latin) yet warned that women should not seek recognition for their intellectual work because it resulted in infamy. Yet Megs deep intellectual and religious kinship with her father ultimately strengthened More while in prison despite his crushing fears of suffering. Using extensive sources, Guy provides unprecedented insight into this intense relationship. Ironically, since More segregated his private and professional lives, there is less information about his relationship with Margaret during his years of ambition in the Tudor court, but Guy reveals an invaluable perspective on Henry VIIIs political and religious machinations. Because of Margarets dedication to her father and her own intellectual endeavors, Mores body of work was saved, preserving his memory, reputation and martyrdom


  1. Fabulous post! I love this time period and subject! I just love to look through your blog!

  2. Wow...what a great sounding book. I would not have looked at it had I not read what you wrote. Thank you!

  3. Great quick summary on Margaret. I have long been ambivalent about More, he was quite the zealot, but if he be judged by his relationship with his daughter, he shines through.

  4. Sounds like a very good book to read. i love the Tudor era but I have noticed recently that I'd rather read about people other than HenryVIII and his wives and More is certainly a complicated character. Thanks for the review.

  5. Sounds like another winner! THanks!


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