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The King's Confidante: The Story of the Daughter of Sir Thomas More (Tudor Saga Book 6) Kindle Edition
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More just wants to lead a religious life and raise a good family. He looks out for them as best he can, without all the glitz and glam everyone else of the time seems to feel is so important. But because he's brilliant is forced, time and time again, to go to court and serve King Henry VIII, a man More knew was dangerous, but could find no true way to back away. He was between a rock and a hard place.
But don't let his saintliness fool you. Plaidy does slip in some instances where you have to wonder if he was always looking for God. I'm not trying to downplay the man, but he was human and not at all perfect.
I did like that she showed a different side of English life in the 16th century. Many of her books are focused on court life and this one is decidedly different in that it's not always about court life, but about the middle class of England. I did like that you were introduced to a different set of characters than was usual for her.
Overall this is another Plaidy book not to be missed.
More's view on education was quite avant-garde for the times. More's home is open, but not limited to, intellectuals who love to spend time at his place for conversation and discourse. An extremely rare notion back then, More believed that girls should be taught literature and be able to enjoy the same scholarly opportunities as men. He particularly loved the fact that Meg was so much like him- intelligent and compassionate. The two had a wonderful father -daughter relationship which clearly is noted throughout the novel. More, however, never lets on to show any preference for Meg since he always treated all of his children with special love and devotion.
When More's first wife passes away, he shortly thereafter remarries a woman named Alice Middleton, who actually helped care for his dying wife. With the addition of Alice's daughter, theirs becomes a full house of merriment, learning, studying and literature. Although More was a lawyer by profession, much of his interests and studies were focused on the Catholic faith and its teachings.
More lived an exemplary life according to the scriptures and the reasoning of the Church. He was much loved by all who knew him. His openness to understanding based upon `the teachings' and his broad knowledge of the Law lead him to high places in the court of Henry VIII (then a staunch Catholic).Read more ›
This is one of Plaidy's best books, a wonderful albeit somewhat fictionalized account of the life of Sir Thomas More.
It delves beyond his association with Henry VIII and tells the story of how Thomas rose from an obscure lawyer to King's councillor then Chancellor of England and matyr to his conscience.
But throughout his rise and fall, the center of his world is really his love of learning and his family - particularly his eldest daughter, Margaret More Roper.
She is the daughter in question and it's through her eyes, as well as Sir Thomas' that this incredible story is told.
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There was much to like in this portrait of Thomas More, but I just couldn't get past the inaccuracy and dishonesty of the title and cover. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JJ DeMauro
I hate this book because I paid for it and it was never delivered to my Kindle; I really like Jean Plaidy's books and if I could get this delivered to my Kindle I would appreciate... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by carolyn seales
A well written book about the trials and tribulations of being forced to submit to the whims of King Henry by Sir Thomas More. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by VJB
This is a light weight book about this subject. Read Wolf Hall or any of the many, many Henry VIII narratives.Published on January 10, 2014 by Michael C. Beatty
I usually enjoy Plaidy's work. But this particular version was so rife with typos and shoddy editing that it became bothersome.Published on December 18, 2013 by Brenda Tuberville
I do not have enough time to write reviews. But as far as Jean Plaidy is concerned, I would take some time to write one. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Michael Zammit
I learned several details about Sir Thomas More that I didn't know before. In today's world he'd be classified as either a saint or an eccentric genius, and probably both! Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Barbara
Beautifully told story of the life of Saint Thomas More who was executed(martyred) for opposing his King's break with the Catholic Church and subsequent bigamous marriage to Anne... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Maria Ilona Acerno
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