The Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More
Volume 9, The Apology
Imprint: Yale University Press
In the Apology, Thomas More defends both himself and the lives and actions of the clergy. He denies the need for control by lay authority and for revision in the procedure of the church courts against heresy. He steers carefully away from the most dangerous implication of the debate, royal supremacy.
J.B. Trapp provides a thorough introduction to and commentary on the issues addressed in the Apology. Textual variants are placed at the foot of the text pages, and a bibliography, glossary, and index are included. The Treatise concerning the Division is given in an appendix, as are the texts of earlier antiheretical legislation. Another appendix gives an account of the affair of Richard Hunne and Friar Standish, contributed by J. Duncan M. Derrett.