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 submit BookWorld), John man brings to lifestyles Thomas extra and his daughter Margaret— his confidante and collaborator who performed a severe function in safeguarding his legacy.
Sir Thomas More’s existence is widely known: 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 vital a task. John man restores her to her rightful position during this desirable account in their relationship.
Always her father’s favourite baby, Margaret was once such an entire pupil via age eighteen that her paintings earned compliment from Erasmus. She remained dedicated to her father after her marriage—and paid the associated fee in estrangement from her husband.When extra used to be thrown into the Tower of London,Margaret collaborated with him on his most famed letters from legal, smuggled them out at nice own probability, even rescued his head after his execution. John man returns to unique resources which were overlooked by means 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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The question this chapter asks is: Did the Serpent slip into Paradise or not? Our answer is that the Serpent was always in Paradise, fused with Paradise, and inextricably twinned with Paradise. Why? Because whether it is Paradise or the Serpent, it all hinges on whether the wish is, or is not met. And as noted earlier, even gratified wishes can be the province of evil-doers so that when such evil gratification is obtained, then Paradise itself becomes suffused with a Serpentine aura. Thus, Paradise and the Serpent can be seen as transfigurations of one another depending on who is having the wish satisfied—the aggressor evil-victimizer one, or the struggling victim?
The question now asked concerns whether a person’s need to activate a repressive defense in order for people not to know something, and then to instruct one’s psyche (through an unconscious communication) to arrange for such repression to occur, and then instead of knowing, rather to do something symbolically representing the knowing—does this metapsychological sequence reflect a cowardice habituated in the subject’s self-same psyche, and perhaps even reflecting the current state of evolution (as it applies to Homo sapiens), as a sequence that is not quite evolved well enough?
And the Serpent said unto the woman: ‘ye shall not surely die; for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit Introduction 31 thereof and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat. ’ And the woman said: ‘The Serpent beguiled me and I did’.
A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg by John Guy