Thomas More’s magnificent ‘Utopia’

Thomas More’s magnificent ‘Utopia’


Tuesday 22 November | 18.00–19.00

Thomas More’s Utopia was first published 500 years ago. Its central idea, of a perfect but impossible place, has since become part of our mental furniture. But what does this very amusing (though also rather stern) book mean? It has sometimes been seen as a satire, but it may also offer a portrait of a magnificently just society. Utopia’s abstract links, both with London and with the civic culture of Renaissance Europe more generally, will be explained. Focusing on its significance at the time when it was written, with reflections on its remarkably varied legacy, this free public lecture will be delivered by Dr Richard Serjeantson, lecturer in history at the University of Cambridge.

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