Sir Thomas More
“The King’s good servant, but God’s first.”
Sir Thomas More (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535), also Saint Thomas More, was an
English lawyer, author, and statesman who in his lifetime earned a reputation as a leading
humanist scholar, and occupied many public offices, including Lord Chancellor
(1529–1532). More coined the word “utopia”, a name he gave to an ideal, imaginary
island nation whose political system he described in the eponymous book published in 1516.
In 1935, four hundred years after his death, Pope Pius XI canonized St Thomas More in the Roman Catholic Church; More was declared Patron Saint of politicians and statesmen by Pope John Paul II in 1980. In 1980, Sir Thomas More was added to the Church of England’s calendar of saints.
He was voted thirty-seventh of the historical 100 Greatest Britons.
Что мы знаем о Томасе Море, кроме того, что он написал “Утопию”? Кроме нескольких абстрактных автоматических ассоциаций: “гуманист”, “гражданский деятель”, “яркий представитель эпохи Ренессанса”?
В № 18 газеты “История” Издательского Дома “Первое Сентября” читайте биографический очерк о Томасе Море и его эпохе.