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St Thomas More is probably one of the most respected figures of the late Renaissance era Catholics and Non-Catholics alike look to More at least on a literary level Therefore what better way is there to honor his greatest work than by writing about it However we must also keep in mind that Utopia is his Thomas Mores most misunderstood writing Campbell 25 Throughout this paper I wish to cover some major questions that I have concerning the text Any study on the greatest work of St Thomas More must include what he means by what he writes but then again it is not my main concern and so will take up only a fraction of the overall paper One of the questions that I plan to take significant amount of time on concerns why Utopia was written which is not necessarily answered by statements in the first book I also wish to delve into what is the major theme of the work which will tie into why he wrote the book Another major question is how and if Mores work relates to the Renaissance period as a whole And to prove that Utopia is a work of hope toward the Christian ideal of living together in peace We know that More probably came up with the idea for Utopia in the summer of 1515 and that he allowed it to develop in his mind until the fall of 1516 when it was published The vast majority of the book was written in the Netherlands in 1515 while Thomas More was a member of a mission sent by Henry VIII to negotiate with Prince Charles representatives The remainder of the book book one was finished in England in September 1516 Hexter 15 There are two different opinions concerning Utopia that I would like to bring to attention There are those who claim that Thomas More intended Utopia to be a comedy of sorts or at
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