What are the similarities and differences between Thomas Moore's and Niccolo Machiavelli's humanistic ideas if we consider their masterpieces Utopia and the Prince.

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More and Machiavelli's differing backgrounds gave rise to two distinctive works about politics and governance.

Sir Thomas More was a devout Catholic who served under King Henry VIII in his native England. During the last years of his life, he found himself at odds with his king and benefactor, the inimitable King Henry, who wanted to style himself the head of the new Anglican church. At the time, King Henry's decided purpose was to marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn. More, being a devout Catholic, was incensed that the king would callously put away his devout Catholic queen, Catherine of Aragon. At last, unable to reconcile his political and religious views with that of the king's, Sir Thomas More was beheaded for treason on July 6, 1535. During his years of service to the king, More was ever opposed to the greed and corruption that infected Henry's court. His personal convictions can be seen in his famous work, Utopia , which highlights an imaginary country defined by the common interest and...

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