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More, Thomas (1477–1535)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-C052-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2002
Retrieved May 24, 2024, from

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Thomas More was a classical, biblical and patristic scholar, an author in many genres, a lawyer who became Lord Chancellor, a humanist ‘born for friendship’ according to Erasmus, a widowed husband who remarried and could not decide which wife he loved more, a father who established a ‘school’ with the best of tutors in his home so that his daughters could have the same formal education (denied to women) as his son, and a martyr who refused to recognize Henry VIII as head of the church in England and was therefore beheaded by the king he had vindicated against Martin Luther. With his Utopia he coined a word and inspired subsequent writers to imagine both ideal and non-ideal societies.

Citing this article:
Murphy, Clare M.. More, Thomas (1477–1535), 2002, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-C052-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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