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Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:03 PM via web

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Identify one facet of early modern English society that is satirized in Book II of Sir Thomas More's Utopia, then explain how the satire is developed and why this particular phenomenon is a focus of Utopia?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:07 PM (Answer #1)

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One facet of early English history that is satirized in the second book of Utopia the persecution of the Catholic Church. Beginning with Henry VIII's split from Roman Catholicism, Catholics in England had, during several eras, suffered outrage and punishment. Yet, England from Queen Elizabeth I onward, claimed religious tolerance toward reigious choice and practice. This shows a satirical coincidence with More's Utopia.

after trial he was condemned to banishment, not for having disparaged their religion, but for his inflaming the people to sedition; for this is one of their most ancient laws, that no man ought to be punished for his religion. 

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