Does A Man for All Seasons portray St. Thomas More accurately?


Aug 7, 2020

In this episode originally from Criteria: The Catholic Film
Podcast, Thomas asks attorney and scholar Louis Karlin whether
Robert Bolt’s play and film A Man for All
 accurately depict St. Thomas More’s views on the
rights of conscience, and his motives for martyrdom.

More’s involvement in the prosecution of heretics is also
examined: even if More was a martyr of conscience, is it accurate
to call him a champion of religious freedom? One thing is certain:
the portrayal by Hilary Mantel and others of More as a torturer of
heretics is false.


The Center for Thomas More Studies

Lecture by Richard Rex critiquing the historical fiction of
Hilary Mantel, “More the villain and Cromwell the

William Marshner, “Dignitatis Humanae and
Traditional Teaching on Church and State”

Thomas Pink, “Conscience and Coercion”

Louis W. Karlin and David R. Oakley, Inside the Mind of
Thomas More: The Witness of His Writings

Karlin, Wegemer and Kelly, Thomas More’s Trial by Jury:
A Procedural Legal Review with a Collection of

Stephen Smith (ed.), For All Seasons: Selected Letters
of Thomas More

Wegemer and Smith (ed.), The Essential Works of Thomas

St. Thomas More, The Sadness of

The Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas
, Vol. 14, De Tristitia

Other podcasts on St. Thomas More

Criteria film discussion

Audiobook of More’s Dialogue on Conscience

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