The life and work of Sir Thomas More

Course Dates: 12/11/22
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Humanist scholar, Lord Chancellor of England, advocate for women’s education, opponent of Luther, careful in his avoidance in acknowledging Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII’s wife…Since the 1520s Thomas More has been celebrated, commemorated and vilified as a shrewd ‘man for all seasons.’ With such a contended reputation, how can we best understand and situate his life, work, and politics in history?
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Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00

Course Code: HBH24

Sat, day, 12 Nov - 12 Nov '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This short course will Act as a basic introduction to the life and work of Thomas More, from his early life as a lawyer & M.P., to his rise to fame as both an outstanding scholar and Lord Chancellor of England. We will explore the significance of his key work, Utopia, and his lifelong friendship with Erasmus; his views on women’s education; his targeted attacks on heresy, heretics and heretical ideas, notably Luther and Lutheranism; his relationships at Henry VIII’s court with the king, his wives, and key figures such as Thomas Cromwell; and his eventual downfall and execution.

What will we cover?

• More’s early life & career
• Religion and faith
• More, humanism & Europe
• Thomas More & women: marriage and education
• Henry VIII, More’s politics & Chancellorship
• Thomas More, the European reformation & heresy
• More, propaganda & the protestant reformation
• Thomas More, Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn
• Downfall & execution
• Legacy & canonization.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Evaluate Thomas More’s contribution to humanism in England & European scholarship, with reference to Utopia
• Assess shifting concepts of heresy during the European Reformation & evaluate the role played by Thomas More in managing heresy in England
• Explain the reasons for More’s execution
• Critically assess More’s legacy and the impact of his scholarship on later periods & thinking.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is necessary – an open mind and a willingness to constructively engage in discussions is all that is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught interactive session. Handouts and book reading list will also be available if you wish to extend your learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad to class if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British, Irish and world history. Please see the City Lit website.

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