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The King's Good Servant but God's First : The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More [Paperback]

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Pages   497
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1997
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  0898706254  
EAN  9780898706253  

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Through meticulous research and use of numerous primary sources, James Monti has produced a major work on the life and writings of the popular statesman, humanist, and saint, Thomas More. He presents a fresh portrait with new insights on the deep spiritual convictions of this Lord Chancellor of England, as well as the tumultuous times in which he lived.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Monti is an author and historian who has contributed numerous articles to Catholic publications, including the monthly missal Magnificat. His other books include The King's Good Servant But God's First: The Life & Writings of St. Thomas More, The Week of Salvation and In the Presence of Our Lord.

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Good review of Sir Thomas More's life  Feb 15, 2008
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it to any reader who is interested in the life of Sir Thomas More. It gives three things necessary to understand the life of Sir More. First, it expains the background, education, and family life of Sir Thomas More. Second, it expains the governmental and private work that Sir Thomas more accomplished in his life. Third, it explains the politics and affairs that lead Sir Thomas More into not endorsing King Henry's divorce from Catherine.

The reader will find out many fantastic things on More. I was amazed that More wrote over eleven thousand pages of material. I liked the fact the author wrote of the interplay between More's wife, Dame Alice, and More himself. Furthermore, the parts about More argueing against Luther's Reformation was quite informative. More had the sense to know that Luther's Reformation would fracture and weaken the Catholic church. Tynsdall's writings on the reformation directly leads to King Henry VIII taking over the Church in England.

This is a very good book. I highly encourage historians or Catholic readers to study it.
...those who would lose their life for my sake will find it.  Aug 11, 2003
This is an excellent biography of a courageous saint whose faith in God was stronger than his fear of death. While the book provides sufficient historical detail and background, its narrative structure is unique in that the author places events within the context of More's faith. Thankfully, Monti avoids a posthumous psychoanalysis of his subject (as many biographers are wont to do). Instead, he illuminates the saint's inner life by tapping into More's own thoughts, as revealed in his published works and correspondence. The result is a rich portrait of a man whose warmth and courage derived directly from his faith in God and the Catholic Church.

Monti synthesizes More's apologetical writings in response to the Reformation, revealing More's keen theological acumen. What impressed me the most, however, was discovering the depth and richness of More's spirituality and faith. More's insight into Christ's agony in the garden of Gethseme and during His passion were particularly moving. It becomes clear that More's understanding and appreciation of Christ's suffering strenthened his faith when he needed it most.

I would especially recommend this inspirational book to young people, who could choose no better role model than Saint Thomas More. He stands as a beacon of light in today's culture of moral relativism.

A Fantastic Overview of a Great Saint  Mar 12, 2003
The author has presented a very well balanced survey of the life of St. Thomas More. In this work of history, one can find an excellent survey of the literary work of St. Thomas More. Additionally, you will find an excellent synopsis of St. Thomas More's relationship with his friend and humanist, Erasmus.

The author writes in a style which captures the reader. This will not be one of those histories that you may only read piecemeal. Rather, St. Thomas More takes life and captivates the reader because of his holiness and goodness.

This work looks into the saint's devotional practices, his great faith, his love of God and man, and his relationship with his family. To state that this is an excellent starting point for any person wishing to learn more about this man is an understatement.

The characters of the reformation (i.e., Luther, Henry VIII) are given a balanced treatment in that their beliefs or writings are not misconstrued or embellished. St. Thomas More was a defender of the Father, and to that extent, his writing of the defense of the faith are given equal treatment.

This book is most highly recommended.

Outstanding - can't put it down!  Feb 20, 2003
I am about halfway through this book, despite purchasing it only a few days ago. It is such a terrific read, I can't put it down. I even bring it to work with me to read whenever I have a few spare minutes!
For those of you who might find history boring, this is still the text for you. Monti's style of writing is outstanding and easy to follow. This book is one of my all-time favorites.

Most importantly, it provides a fair and objective portrayal of Saint Thomas More. Many books have a bias, one way or the other, when writing about More or 16th century England yet it's tough to find one in this book. Furthermore, Monti doesn't focus simply on More, but gives the reader a fair portrayal of the Reformation during this crucial period in European history.

More's life is simply fascinating - it reads like a novel. His genius and profound morality is clear. Upon reading this book, More is the type of man one would want to know, and the kind we wish (!) there were more of in modern-day society. It is an extremely inspirational book.
"A Fine Exposition of More's Life and Writings"  Aug 5, 2002
James Monti's work, "The Kings Good Servant But God's First," provides an excellent overview St Thomas More's life and writings; but a much greater focus is based upon his writings. Monti's treatment of More's oeuvre is skillfully researched, comprehensive, informative, and pleasing to read. St Thomas More's defense of Church unity and the Sacraments against Tyndale and the rising tide of the Reformation, is finely commented upon in a clear and concise fashion. His devotional writings and correspondence with family in the waning days of his life on earth, are given an exceptional touch of intimacy, which will no doubt compel readers to seek out works such as the "Treatise upon the Passion" and the "Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation" (as one of our fellow reviews has pointed out as well). As for More's life, Monti pays particular attention to his early years and his final days, with brief expositions in between on his rise in the King's court and his later relations with Henry VIII as tensions began to swell between the English monarch and the Papacy. Overall, Monti presents a noble sketch of the Christian scholar and family man, graced with charm and good humor, conscientiousness and candor, who was devoted to his friends and family, and to the salvation of souls and Christ's Church. This book offers much material for in-depth study and further reading, and it is a definite recommendation.

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