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Utopia, or, The best state of a commonwealth

Thomas More

Utopia, or, The best state of a commonwealth

containing an impartial history of the manners, customs, polity, government, &c. of that island

by Thomas More

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Published by Printed by Day, Goswell Street, for Jones and Bumford, Paternoster Row in London .
Written in English

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  • Utopias.

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    Other titlesBest state of a commonwealth
    Statementby Sir Thomas More ; translated from the original Latin by the celebrated Bishop Burnet ; to which is prefixed a life of the author.
    ContributionsBurnet, Gilbert, 1643-1715., Hopwood, James, 1752?-1819., Holbein, Hans, 1497-1543, Leonard William Longstaff Saint Thomas More Collection.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationlvi, 212, [4] p., [1] leaf of plates :
    Number of Pages212
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16607725M

    Thomas MORE ( - ), translated by Gilbert BURNET ( - ) This book is all about the fictional country called Utopia. It is a country with an ‘ideal’ form of communism, in which everything really does belong to everybody, everyone does the work they want to, and everyone is alright with that. About the Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia The original name was even longer: Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula : Saint Thomas More.

    In December , Utopia emerged from its shell (amorphous, imperfect, unblushing, flabby, ascetic) as Thomas More’s On the Best State of a Commonwealth and on the New Island of Utopia: A Truly Golden Handbook, No Less Beneficial than Entertaining. (Originally published in Latin, the book was first translated into English in ).   The Commonwealth of Utopia: Containing a Learned and Pleasant Discourse of the Best State of a Publike Weale, as it is Found in the Government of the New Ile Called Utopia. London: B Alsop & T. Fawcet, 12 o ( x 85 mm). Title within woodcut border, headpieces and initials (light browning and spotting). Contemporary vellum.

    discourses of raphael hythloday, of the best state of a commonwealth Henry VIII., the unconquered King of England, a prince adorned with all the virtues that become a great monarch, having some differences of no small consequence with Charles the most serene Prince of Castile, sent me into Flanders, as his ambassador, for treating and composing. Book 1: Book 1 of Utopia is subtitled "First Book of the Discussion Which the Exceptional Man Raphael Hythloday Held Concerning Read More: Book 2, Chapter 1: Book 2 is titled "Of the Discussion Which Raphael Hythloday Held Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth, by Way of Read More: Book 2, Chapter 2.


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Utopia, or, The best state of a commonwealth by Thomas More Download PDF EPUB FB2

Summary: Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia More Meets Hythloday. The narrator, Thomas More, arrives in Bruges, in present-day Belgium, and meets his friend Peter Giles.

Giles introduces More to Raphael Hythloday, an explorer who has seen much of the world. The meaning that ‘utopia’ has come to have as a common noun – a perfect society, or a literary account of one – seems authorised by the full title of the book, which is (translating from the Latin) ‘On the Best State of a Commonwealth and on the New Island of Utopia’.

And then Hythloday discourses, complete with marginal glosses, on "the Best State of a Commonwealth, Book 2". That commonwealth is not as unprecedented as modern readers might suppose. For one thing, there's a lot of ancient Sparta about it, and the humanists of More's epoch were well acquainted with Sparta by way of Plato, Plutarch, and other /5(9).

Utopia. Book I: Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, of the Best State of a Commonwealth. Henry VIII, the unconquered King of England, a prince adorned with all the virtues that become a great monarch, having some differences of no small consequence with Charles the most serene Prince of Castile, sent me into Flanders, as his ambassador, for treating and composing matters between them.

The best state of a commonwealth book. The Harvard Classics. The Second Book. The Second Book of the Communication of Raphael Hythloday, concerning the best state of a commonwealth, containing the description of Utopia, with a large declaration of the Godly government, and of all the good laws Utopia orders of the same Island.

More, Sir Thomas. Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, of the Best State of a Commonwealth Utopia by Thomas More ( - ) Read by Jenilee Copyright: CC. Both the book and the. And then Hythloday discourses, complete with marginal glosses, on "the Best State of a Commonwealth, Book 2".

That commonwealth is not as unprecedented as modern readers might suppose. For one thing, there's a lot of ancient Sparta about it, and the humanists of More's epoch were well acquainted with Sparta by way of Plato, Plutarch, and other /5. The Discourse of Raphael Hythloday on the best state of a Commonwealth, Book Two: As Recounted by Thomas More, Citizen and Sheriff of London.

The island of Utopia is kind of shaped like a crescent moon with two horns at the end that opens onto a large, peaceful bay. Almost everything about Thomas More's Utopia is debatable, but at least the general subject-matter of the book is not in doubt.

More announces his theme on the title-page, which reads: De optimo reipublicae statu deque nova insula Utopia.

His concern, that is, is not merely or even primarily with the new island of Utopia; it is with ‘the best state of a commonwealth’.Cited by: 1. Evidence for Skinner's claim that More is asking the reader whether Utopia is the best state of commonwealth At the end of Book 2, More points out the flaws such as 'the methods of waging war, their religious practices', and his key objection is 'their communal living and their moneyless economy'.

The Common-Wealth of Utopia book. Read 2, reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Title: The common-wealth of Utopia: containing a lea /5(K). CONCERNING THE BEST STATE OF A COMMONWEALTH, AND THE NEW ISLAND OF UTOPIA. A Truly Golden Little Book, No Less Beneficial than Entertaining, by the Most Renowned and Eloquent Author, THOMAS MORE, Citizen and Undersheriff of the Famous City of London.

Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia, "A little, true book, not less beneficial than enjoyable, about how things should be in the new island Utopia") is a work of fiction and socio-political satire by Thomas More (–), written in Latin and published in The book is a frame narrative primarily Author: Thomas More.

CONCERNING THE BEST STATE OF A COMMONWEALTH, AND THE NEW ISLAND OF UTOPIA THOMAS MORE TO PETER GILES, GREETINGS. I am almost ashamed, right well beloved Peter Giles, to send you this book of the Utopian commonwealth, well nigh after a year’s space, which I am sure you looked for within a month and a half.

And no marvel. For. Summary. Book 1 of Utopia is subtitled "First Book of the Discussion Which the Exceptional Man Raphael Hythloday Held Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth, by Way of the Illustrious Man Thomas More, Citizen and Undersheriff of the Glorious City of London in Britain." This subtitle provides a clear overview of the events within the section.

Book 1 is narrated by a fictionalized version of Thomas. Utopia contains two distinct books: Book I, “The Best State of the Commonwealth, A Discourse,” and Book II, “The Discourse of Raphael Hythloday.” A fictionalized Sir Thomas More narrates both parts, although much of Hythloday’s commentary in Book I can be attributed to Hythloday himself.

This is deliberate on More’s part. Even the seemingly straightforward title of Book 2 (see left) reminds the reader that this is a text in which all is not as it appears. For one thing, we are told that this is Hythloday’s discourse ‘on the best state of a commonwealth’, not on the island of Utopia itself.

Sir Thomas Moore named it in his book of the same name, but what really is Utopia. Utopia may be hard to define, but one thing is for sure, we are all. It is a common belief that More's Utopia should be seen alongside Plato's Republic as a piece of 'ideal commonwealth' literature, providing a model for the best (if not the only) way to solve the problems of human society, in this case a Christian one.

1 This view is born out by the fact More chooses to preface both books of Utopia with the. The title literally translates, "Of a republic's best state and of the new island Utopia".

It is variously rendered On the Best State of a Republic and on the New Island of Utopia, Concerning the Highest State of the Republic and the New Island Utopia, On the Best State of a Commonwealth and on the New Island of Utopia, Concerning the Best /5(17).

Utopia, an ideal commonwealth whose inhabitants exist under seemingly perfect conditions. Hence utopian and utopianism are words used to denote visionary reform that tends to be impossibly idealistic. Literary utopias More’s Utopia. The word first occurred in Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, published in Latin as Libellus de optimo reipublicae statu, deque nova insula Utopia (Utopia.

Best state of a commonwealth: Responsibility: by Sir Thomas More ; translated from the original Latin by the celebrated Bishop Burnet ; to which is prefixed a life of the author. More information: The First Book of the Communication of Raphael Hythloday, Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth T HE M OST victorious and triumphant King of England, Henry the Eighth of that name, in all royal virtues, prince most peerless, had of late in controversy with the right high and mighty King of Castile, weighty matters and of great importance.