This is the story of a man who was constantly tempted by society. The story is set in sixteenth-century England, where King Henry VIII is trying to get a divorce form his wife. This book was written by Robert Bolt.
While this book encompasses many characters, I feel that there is only one main character, Sir Thomas More. He was a man who had a firm belief in his religion and the principles which came with it. He was born with the idea that you must be faithful to God and unboxing to anything that would go against those morals and principles. When he was challenged, though, he used cool logic and sound judgment to persuade his adversary of his point of view. He is the ideal lawyer and, interestingly he actually was a lawyer.
At the beginning of the story, Sir Thomas’ world is surrounded by enforced peace. Everyone is a little apprehensive after the War of the Roses, but not King Henry. He goes to Sir Thomas to ask him for his approval of a divorce, but of course due to Sir Thomas’ principles he tries to dissuade the King. Then Sir Thomas’ daughter brings back a suitor, but the problem is that this man is ungrounded in his beliefs and in anything else. He has what Sir Thomas would call a “Convenient Conscience.” Then the King decides to go against the Catholic Church and gets a divorce, throwing England into upheaval. Everyone is trying to pick sides, but the consequence of disagreeing with the king is death. Directly after the King decides to leave the Church, he goes to More, and asks for his opinion. More disagrees and is sent to prison for a year, before he is called to court. While in court, he puts up a good fight, but is in the end sent to an untimely end.
I believe that while this book may not be a hard read, it takes a hard reader to learn the lessons which it teaches about strong consciences and morals. I believe that this book is for all ages, but it teaches all of them a different lesson.