For those readers who truly enjoy history, biographies, and a version of history’s past events without the lopsided presentation that some authors present, A Daughter's Love is your book. Guy presents a very thorough and truly remarkable account of the lives of Thomas More and his daughter Margaret.
Set in the eras of Henry VII and VIII, A Daughter's Love follows the life, relationships, successes, and downward spiral of Thomas More, a legendary man known for his authorship of Utopia and his beheading at the hands of Henry VIII. Though little has been written regarding Margaret, More’s oldest and most beloved child, this book highlights the relationship and intelligence that she developed with and because of her father. In light of the events that led to her father’s imprisonment and final beheading, Margaret showed her true love, compassion, and devotion to him even when most of his so-called lifelong friends failed to measure up. She was his rock, his counselor, his light in the darkest hours of his final days. Margaret stood strong when others flailed, exhibiting intelligence and quality centuries ahead of her time.
In terms of presentation, A Daughter's Love is presented in the fashion of “she would have done this” or “it is documented as.” This is a true double biography without the added fluff of the author’s imagination filling in blanks and weaving a spell-binding story to entrance those readers who prefer a story to plain facts. John Guy has done an amazing job of recounting the More’s lives and the detailed relationships with other interconnected individuals.
Readers who prefer a spellbinding story may have trouble keeping interest
allive in A Daughter's Love. Many a good reader has fallen asleep in history class because the plain, somewhat lulling intricacies of fact can make the most fascinating stories a real bore. However, for the most part, Guy has done what he can to gloss over drudgery while keeping the flavor of the times alive.