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Wegemer, Gerard, 1950-
Young Thomas More and the arts of liberty / Gerard B. Wegemer
New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PR2322 .W44 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject More, Thomas, Saint, 1478-1535 -- Criticism and interpretation
More, Thomas, Saint, 1478-1535 -- Political and social views
Subject(s) Liberty in literature
Subject Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1509
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1509-1547
Physical Description xi, 210 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-200) and index
Contents Young Thomas More: why do peace and prosperity require arts of Humanitas? -- Fashioning peace and prosperity: what are the necessary arts? -- Cicero's and More's First Citizens: how do they avoid faction and civil war? -- More's earliest views of Humanitas, Libertas, and Respublica, 1500-1506 -- More's Life of Pico della Mirandola (c. 1504-1507): a model of Libertas and Humanitas? -- More's 1509 coronation ode: artful education of eighteen-year-old Henry VIII? -- Political poems of 1509-1516: proposing self-government by 'sound deliberation' -- Richard III, diagnosing the causes of England's plague of war -- Utopia: a model Respublica of peace, liberty, and self-government? -- The un-utopian Thomas More Family Portrait: an icon of Morean Humanitas? -- The arts of liberty: can peace and prosperity be fashioned by 'sound deliberation'?
Summary "This book analyzes Thomas More's earliest thoughts on the statecraft needed to enhance liberty and peace in a culture favoring war. It includes a close study of his little-known works - his poetry, letters, Lucian translations, declamation on tyrannicide, coronation ode for Henry VIII, and life of Pico della Mirandola - as well as Richard III and Utopia"-- Provided by publisher
"What does it mean to be a free citizen in times of war and tyranny? What kind of education is needed to be a first, or leading citizen in a strife-filled country? And what does it mean to be free when freedom is forcibly opposed? These concerns pervade Thomas More's earliest writings, writings mostly unknown, including his 280 poems, declamation on tyrannicide, coronation ode for Henry VIII, and his life of Pico della Mirandola, all written before Richard III and Utopia. This book analyzes those writings, guided especially by these questions: Faced with generations of civil war, what did young More see as the causes of that strife? What did he see as possible solutions? Why did More spend fourteen years after law school learning Greek and immersed in classical studies? Why do his early works use vocabulary devised by Cicero at the end of the Roman Republic?"-- Provided by publisher

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