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Ded A family man lawyer and writer More's ambitions are humble whilst Henry's are endless As More's career at court rises so too does his religious fervour much to the concern of his eld. When good fortune is greatest then is trouble close at hand For Fortune delights to strike down those who are too high and to raise those who are low; and if we do not anticipate trouble should it come we shall face it with greater fortitudeSaint Thomas's Eve takes a step aside from the Palaces of King Henry VIII and his wife trouble and concentrates on the life of one his closest friends and confidantes Thomas More and his family After reading this book my dislike of Henry VIII which was already pretty strong is stronger He wasn't a King he was a murderer If anyone disagreed with him he would conjure up tales about that person in order to get them executed and this is what happened to lovely Thomas More on St Thomas's EveThe novel traces More's rise from being lawyer writer and family man to his reluctant position of Lord Chancellor and his life following his resignation from the Lord Chancellor's post His benevolence is described both towards members of his family and to beggars in the street; whilst running through the novel the strong relationship between More and his children especially Margaret Meg is evidentThe ending is tragic More is executed for standing fast to his beliefs which as he wrote to his fellow prisoner in the Tower Bishop John Fisher is no crime Too many honours were being thrust upon the master and honours brought envy; they brought sycophants the false friends who were like wasps that fed on the lovely fruit until it was ruined and dropped from the branchesI have to admit to not having known a lot about Sir Thomas More before reading this book now I feel like I know the man; the Courtier and the father I have also discovered the background to the common expression More's pity How awful it must have been to have been called to serve the King in the Tudor days; doing so was almost like taking on a death sentenceLoved this book I have yet to read a Jean Plaidy historical novel that has not been a pleasure Highly recommend

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Est daughter Meg Torn between her heretic husband and the secrets her father has confided in her it is only a matter of time before her More will make the ultimate sacrifice for his fait. I enjoyed the book but not one of my favorites The book described itself as the story of Thomas More and his family primarily his relationship with his favorite daughter Meg I did enjoy learning about the members of his family and his extended family and I have always admired Thomas More for he was one of the very few who stood firm against King Henry VIII in what he believed in which ultimately cost him his life but it just lacked something for me which is why I didn't give it 5 stars which I usually do with a Jean Plaidy book

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Henry VII once warned his son the future King of England not to trust Thomas More; years later that same son made More his confidante and advisor But the allegiance is dangerously one si. St Thomas’s Eve republished as The King’s Confidante is a story of the life of Sir Thomas More – scholar lawyer councilor to the King and ultimately Chancellor after the fall of Wolsey But most importantly to More he was a loving husband and father as well as father figure to manyThe story begins with More’s difficult decision to pursue a family life instead of becoming a monk — something he will continue to uestion throughout his life Though he was a family man at heart he was also deeply religious bordering on fanatical worship of the Catholic faith His relative open mindedness in the humanist respect when writing Utopia did not extend to his own deep rooted faith As the years passed he seemed to lean and to the tyrannical when it came to religion He personally answered Martin Luther and persecuted hereticsEven so More is such a likable character in this novel He is kind thoughtful and generous He treats everyone with respect and the utmost fairness He is a perfect minister on the King’s council until Henry elevates him under the impression that he will do as told Henry VIII had much respect for Sir Thomas More and at first was amused by his honesty and integrity but soon learned that More would stand in the way of his divorce from Katherine of AragonThis novel is the story of a happy family that continually grows as adopted children step children spouses and grandchildren most of whom live in the household flourish under More’s love and devotion for learning Many scholars artists and the like find solace in the More home as well which adds even culture to the atmosphereI don’t feel that the reprint title The King’s Confidante was a good choice He wasn't seen as inside the King’s intimate circle Henry was amused by him and somewhat valued his honesty but I would not put him in the category of ‘confidante’ I think publishers are really overusing the terms king and ueen these days to sell books and this was the only thing they could come up with I much prefer St Thomas’s Eve which has a meaning pertaining to the story Nova Express (The Nova Trilogy, confidante and advisor But the allegiance is dangerously one si. St Thomas’s Eve republished as The King’s Confidante is a story of the life of Sir Thomas More – scholar lawyer The Guardian (Nightwalkers councilor to the King and ultimately Chancellor after the fall of Wolsey But most importantly to More he was a loving husband and father as well as father figure to manyThe story begins with More’s difficult decision to pursue a family life instead of becoming a monk — something he will MacKenzie Fire (Shine Not Burn, continue to uestion throughout his life Though he was a family man at heart he was also deeply religious bordering on fanatical worship of the Catholic faith His relative open mindedness in the humanist respect when writing Utopia did not extend to his own deep rooted faith As the years passed he seemed to lean and to the tyrannical when it Octopussy came to religion He personally answered Martin Luther and persecuted hereticsEven so More is such a likable The Master-Key to Riches character in this novel He is kind thoughtful and generous He treats everyone with respect and the utmost fairness He is a perfect minister on the King’s The Maze council until Henry elevates him under the impression that he will do as told Henry VIII had much respect for Sir Thomas More and at first was amused by his honesty and integrity but soon learned that More would stand in the way of his divorce from Katherine of AragonThis novel is the story of a happy family that One Way and Another continually grows as adopted Loves Denial (Warrior Camp, children step Life is a Dream children spouses and grandchildren most of whom live in the household flourish under More’s love and devotion for learning Many scholars artists and the like find solace in the More home as well which adds even The White Goddess culture to the atmosphereI don’t feel that the reprint title The King’s Confidante was a good E penguara choice He wasn't seen as inside the King’s intimate The Santana Heir circle Henry was amused by him and somewhat valued his honesty but I would not put him in the Plague Ship category of ‘confidante’ I think publishers are really overusing the terms king and ueen these days to sell books and this was the only thing they Flypaper could Colonel Sun (James Bond, come up with I much prefer St Thomas’s Eve which has a meaning pertaining to the story


10 thoughts on “St Thomas's Eve

  1. says:

    I actually found this really short sharp and sweet It was really fast paced I personally thought I've always been fascinated with Thomas More and his family especially his favourite daughter Margaret I really enjoyed Jean Plaidy's writing style her narration moved smoothly from Thomas More to Margaret Definitely an interesting family Oh and I liked how Plaidy portrayed Wolsey


  2. says:

    St Thomas’s Eve republished as The King’s Confidante is a story of the life of Sir Thomas More – scholar lawyer councilor to the King and ultimately Chancellor after the fall of Wolsey But most importantly to More he was a loving husband and father as well as father figure to manyThe story begins with More’s difficult decision to pursue a family life instead of becoming a monk — something he will continue to uestion throughout his life Though he was a family man at heart he was also deeply religious bordering on fanatical worship of the Catholic faith His relative open mindedness in the humanist respect when writing Utopia did not extend to his own deep rooted faith As the years passed he seemed to lean and to the tyrannical when it came to religion He personally answered Martin Luther and persecuted hereticsEven so More is such a likable character in this novel He is kind thoughtful and generous He treats everyone with respect and the utmost fairness He is a perfect minister on the King’s council until Henry elevates him under the impression that he will do as told Henry VIII had much respect for Sir Thomas More and at first was amused by his honesty and integrity but soon learned that More would stand in the way of his divorce from Katherine of AragonThis novel is the story of a happy family that continually grows as adopted children step children spouses and grandchildren most of whom live in the household flourish under More’s love and devotion for learning Many scholars artists and the like find solace in the More home as well which adds even culture to the atmosphereI don’t feel that the reprint title The King’s Confidante was a good choice He wasn't seen as inside the King’s intimate circle Henry was amused by him and somewhat valued his honesty but I would not put him in the category of ‘confidante’ I think publishers are really overusing the terms king and ueen these days to sell books and this was the only thing they could come up with I much prefer St Thomas’s Eve which has a meaning pertaining to the story


  3. says:

    This was a pleasure to read about Sir Thomas More a notable figure among the prolific Tudor court of Henry VIII Thomas More was a brilliant scholar and wrote Utopia You can't read a Henry VIII book and not have mention of the infamous Thomas More Yet we never get to see him in a personal tone until you read St Thomas's Eve by Jean Plaidy This novel does not focus on Henry VIII it follows Thomas More's personal life as he marries has children remarries and becomes a grandfather His star rises in the courts albeit unwillingly because of his talented way with words and as a lawyer King Henry enjoys his uniue intellect Thomas is portrayed as very religious and honest to a fault He opened his home to others housing an orphan and then a step child and taught several gentlemen on site as well There were several poignant scenes that I enjoyed that involved More's children The novel features all of them uite well the eldest Meg Mercy Gigs the orphan Elizabeth Cecily Jack and the step daughter Alice Middleton Ailie The story is about how this uaint little family evolves and grows and even when the girls marry they all live under one family roof There is emphasis placed on the bond between Thomas and his eldest daughter Meg who becomes a Mrs Meg Roper There are a few introductions to some of the other notable figures of the times such as Erasmus Hans Holbein the Howards of Norfolk and the Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and many of the other names are mentioned in passing in a gossiping nature We hear about the problems with Catherine of Aragon to the Frenchified and deformed Anne Boleyn and The King's Secret MatterPlaidy seemed to be on a mission to make the novel not read like a book of the Court Life but truly focused on the travails of this family who struggled to control the way the vengeful court affected it The More family wanted for nothing but each other and the freedom of learning Thomas More did not want to be a courtier but you cannot say no to a King As the children grew Thomas was away and at the beck and call of the King His children had their premonitions that all would not be grand for long one false step and tragedy would be theirsOnce things were set in motion in Henry's love life Thomas disapproved He tried to step away but the King did not want any of his towns people to flock to More's views All Thomas had to do was to acknowledge King Henry as the Head of the Church after the break with Rome due to the Pope's not allowing the divorce of Catherine and Henry Thomas stayed fast to his virtue would not sign the Act of Supremacy and also would not condone the marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Plaidy successfully demonstrates the sadness the family feels when they realize that the humble happiness that they crave will not come to fruition Although history tells us what fate befell Thomas More I was still emotional as Plaidy spelled it out for me The love that his family had for him is palpable and heartbreaking and I am glad to have had a glimpse of the personal side of Sir Thomas More Plaidy shows us the family behind the martyr and I feel much enlightened about one of the greatest scholars of our time


  4. says:

    When good fortune is greatest then is trouble close at hand For Fortune delights to strike down those who are too high and to raise those who are low; and if we do not anticipate trouble should it come we shall face it with greater fortitudeSaint Thomas's Eve takes a step aside from the Palaces of King Henry VIII and his wife trouble and concentrates on the life of one his closest friends and confidantes Thomas More and his family After reading this book my dislike of Henry VIII which was already pretty strong is stronger He wasn't a King he was a murderer If anyone disagreed with him he would conjure up tales about that person in order to get them executed and this is what happened to lovely Thomas More on St Thomas's EveThe novel traces More's rise from being lawyer writer and family man to his reluctant position of Lord Chancellor and his life following his resignation from the Lord Chancellor's post His benevolence is described both towards members of his family and to beggars in the street; whilst running through the novel the strong relationship between More and his children especially Margaret Meg is evidentThe ending is tragic More is executed for standing fast to his beliefs which as he wrote to his fellow prisoner in the Tower Bishop John Fisher is no crime Too many honours were being thrust upon the master and honours brought envy; they brought sycophants the false friends who were like wasps that fed on the lovely fruit until it was ruined and dropped from the branchesI have to admit to not having known a lot about Sir Thomas More before reading this book now I feel like I know the man; the Courtier and the father I have also discovered the background to the common expression More's pity How awful it must have been to have been called to serve the King in the Tudor days; doing so was almost like taking on a death sentenceLoved this book I have yet to read a Jean Plaidy historical novel that has not been a pleasure Highly recommend


  5. says:

    I was very excited for this book since I love everything Tudor related However I felt Plaidy undertook too much in this book and as a result we are left with a very superficial take on Thomas More's lifereturnreturnPart of the problem stemmed from Plaidy's attempt to delve into the psyches of too many characters Katherine Thomas More ueen Katherine Jane Alice King Henry VIII to name some Such treatment leaves little room for character development and I was never left with the impression of a fully developed characterreturnreturnAt times the narrative seemed awkward The style vacillated between very proper thou and thees to relaxed improper style; there seemed to be no rhyme or reason between the vacillationsreturnreturnOverall I did not feel this book presented other viewpoints from the Tudor era There are better written developed books over the Tudors out there The idea of such a book from More's viewpoint is intruiging but alas we weren't given that with The King's Confidante


  6. says:

    St Thomas's Eve has some engaging scenes along with a lot of bland scenes that should’ve been dramatized Like with all Plaidy novels this features a lot of repeated info and dry facts The main reason why her works are so dry is because there’s far too much telling as opposed to showing The reader is often told what happened in a few sentences when the author could’ve dramatized scenes to show what happenedAn example of telling Margaret was his own child and he could never love any as he lovedherThe above is also the theme most repeated in that again and again the narrator tells us how much Thomas loves Margaret and how much Margaret loves Thomas When the narrator isn't telling us about it the characters let us know in their dialogue Some actions to show their mutual love would've made for much better readingSomething else Plaidy’s guilty of is her continuous use of the passive voice such as “The door of the Palace” as opposed to the active “The Palace door”Passive voice passive proseSame can be said about reported speech Dialogue is active reported speech isn’t and we get a lot of reported speech in this novelAt times there's an inconsistency in language It’s a blend of old style English and modern English At one stage for example Thomas says Meg thou wilt not let them laugh at thy father?” Yet soon after he says“I forget what a child you are”I guess the author is trying to make the characters feel as authentic as possible but when writing for a modern audience the choice of language should be contemporary Granted some readers like the authentic approach but not everyone who reads historical fiction appreciates this methodThis is one of many novels I've read were a character's tears are described as silent tears began to flow silently down her cheeks Many authors write about silent tears which I find silly as it's like stating I washed my face in wet water You can cry silently or loudly but tears can only ever be silentSomething about Jean Plaidy’s books keep me coming back for Perhaps it’s her obvious love for English history which I share that draws me back I wish she’d focused less on turning out as greater uantity of novels as possible and concentrated on uality writing A novel like this one should be revised about 20 times yet this at best feels like a fifth draft


  7. says:

    This is the story of Sir Thomas More told through the eyes of his daughter The King's Confidante focuses on More the family man and his life outside of his role at court so the title seems a bit of a misnomer Regardless it is an interesting alternate perspective on the man tempered as it is by the love of a daughter and her inability to see faults in her father So here we get More the loving father More the doting grandfather More the friend More the reluctant statesman And it is of course an important perspective for as much as we've read about Sir Thomas More at court by necessity his life outside of court would be much different It is the tale of a contented family ruled by a moral man His extremist role in the persecution of heretics is glossed over here but we are treated to stories of his role as teacher and his belief that women could be as smart as men if educatedIt's nice to see Sir Thomas More outside of the intrigue of King Henry the VIII's court The family life depicted in this novel is serene and befitting the author of Utopia


  8. says:

    This is the first of Jean Plaidy's books I have read and I am definitely eager to read I found it surprisingly personal and descriptive regarding the inhabitants of More's home and I found the characters easy enough to remember and get my head around; I knew who was who I liked the fairly fast pace and the lack of needless description allowing the reader to create the images themselves The only thing I think it lacked was a strong plotline which is the problem with true stories I found myself drifting at times because it didn't grip me I feel like there was a lack of shock and excitement however that may be because of the age of the book and the fact that I am not accustomed to the writing style Conclusively the book was rather enjoyable and I have learnt an awful lot of history without seeming to try I look forward to reading of Plaidy's work


  9. says:

    I enjoyed the book but not one of my favorites The book described itself as the story of Thomas More and his family primarily his relationship with his favorite daughter Meg I did enjoy learning about the members of his family and his extended family and I have always admired Thomas More for he was one of the very few who stood firm against King Henry VIII in what he believed in which ultimately cost him his life but it just lacked something for me which is why I didn't give it 5 stars which I usually do with a Jean Plaidy book


  10. says:

    Another smoothly written book in Plaidy's Tudor saga Thomas More was an unambitious man but one whose intelligence and integrity attracted notice and advancement This book looks at both the man and the effect his career had on his family


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