Utopia by Thomas More

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Saint Thomas More, 1478-1535, English statesman and author of Utopia, celebrated as a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church. He received a Latin education in the household of Cardinal Morton and at Oxford. Through his contact with the new learning and his friendships with Colet, Lyly, and Erasmus, More became an ardent humanist. As a successful London lawyer, he attracted the attention of Henry VIII, served him on diplomatic missions, entered the king's service in 1518, and was knighted in 1521. More held important government offices and, despite his disapproval of Henry's divorce from Katharine of Aragón, he was made lord chancellor at the fall of Wolsey (1529). He resigned in 1532 because of ill health and probably because of increasing disagreement with Henry's policies. Because of his refusal to subscribe to the Act of Supremacy, which impugned the pope's authority and made Henry the head of the English Church, he was imprisoned (1534) in the Tower and finally beheaded on a charge of treason. A man of noble character and deep, resolute religious conviction, More had great personal charm, unfailing good humor, piercing wit, and a fearlessness that enabled him to jest even on the scaffold. His Utopia (published in Latin, 1516; tr. 1551) is a picture of an ideal state founded entirely on reason. Among his other works in Latin and English are a translation of The Life of John Picus, Earl of Mirandula (1510); a History of Richard III, upon which Shakespeare based his play; a number of polemical tracts against the Lutherans (1528-33); devotional works including A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation (1534) and a Treatise on the Passion (1534); poems; meditations; and prayers. More was beatified (1886) by a decree of Pope Leo XIII, canonized (1935) by Pius XI, and proclaimed (2000) the patron saint of politicians by John Paul II.
Published September 20, 2000 by Library of Alexandria. 122 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Romance, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

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But he somehow manages to be admirably even-handed, acknowledging that many of Alcott's ideas – regarding the environment, diet, feminism and civil disobedience – were more than a century ahead of their time.

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Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray 256pp, Allen Lane, £18.99.

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However, after this skirmish, several of the Dark X-men rebel and flee, leaving Norman Osborn with just a fraction of his forces that he once had to take on the X-men.

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But Shane's greatest accomplishment is the sense he makes of Soviet history and Russian destiny.

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Nevertheless, roused back to life by the drivel of the previous speaker, I said that predicting the future of poetry is a total waste of time, because poetry has not changed fundamentally in the last twenty-five centuries and I doubted it would do so in the next hundred years.

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They do well in the riot scenes where the cluttered masses and energy work well with this style, but scenes like Cyclops meeting with the mayor, or Emma Frost demanding answers from Osborn fall flat with ludicrous poses and unreal expressions.

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