By John Guy
With the novelistic vividness that made his nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award finalist Queen of Scots “a natural excitement to read” (Washington publish BookWorld), John man brings to existence Thomas extra and his daughter Margaret— his confidante and collaborator who performed a serious position in safeguarding his legacy.
Sir Thomas More’s existence is celebrated: his competition to Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, his arrest for treason, his execution and martyrdom. but Margaret has been principally airbrushed out of the tale within which she performed so very important a task. John man restores her to her rightful position during this alluring account in their relationship.
Always her father’s favourite baby, Margaret was once such an entire pupil by means of age eighteen that her paintings earned compliment from Erasmus. She remained dedicated to her father after her marriage—and paid the cost in estrangement from her husband.When extra used to be thrown into the Tower of London,Margaret collaborated with him on his most renowned letters from legal, smuggled them out at nice own hazard, even rescued his head after his execution. John man returns to unique assets which have been neglected by way of generations of historians to create a dramatic new portrait of either Thomas extra and the daughter whose devotion secured his position in heritage.
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Or, in the words of Simeon the Just, one of the great Sages of the first century: By three things is the world sustained—by the Law, by . . service, and by deeds of loving-kindness. (MISHNAH AVOT 1:2) Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai, first and foremost among the rehabilitators of the Jewish People after the destruction of the Second Temple, tells his students: Go forth and see which is the good way to which a man should cleave. R. Eliezer said, A good eye. R. Joshua said, A good companion. R. Yose said, A good neighbor.
They offer meditations, challenges, and searching questions. Why do the righteous fail while the wicked succeed? Why should children die for the iniquity of their parents? Why does Justice in the Gate 27 the People of Israel deserve such a cruel fate? Why are there such vast differences between extravagant wealth and degrading poverty? One of the first things we must remember when discussing the Five Books of Moses is the fact that they were handed down to a people surrounded by idolatrous cultures—Babylonian, Egyptian, and Canaanite.
There is no way to look into a human heart and determine whether, and to what extent, its owner hates his brother; no way to measure love of one’s neighbors, nor to compare it with love of oneself. Yet precisely these commandments illustrate the greatness of the Torah. For it is the fostering, promotion, and development of these supreme, altruistic emotions that distinguish true humanity— the divine image—from the bestial creature that lurks within our hearts. Not by chance did the Pentateuch weave these verses into a tractate of rigid, unambiguous laws.