In this fresh assessment of More’s life and legacy, John Guy considers the factors that have given rise to such claims concerning More’s significance. Who was the real Thomas More? Was he the saintly, self-possessed hero of conscience of Robert Bolt’s ‘A Man for All Seasons’ or was he the fanatical, heretic-hunting torturer of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’? Which of these images of More has the greater historical veracity? And why does this man continue to fascinate, inspire, and provoke us today?