Founder’s Keepers: Arkes on Mary Eberstadt’s Review of Judge Robert Conrad’s “John Fisher & Thomas More”

Anchoring Truths Co-Founder & JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes writes:

We had alerted our friends earlier to a new book done by our friend Judge Robert Conrad: John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing their Heads.

But we would like to alert people to the lovely and moving review of the book by Mary Eberstadt in a recent column in the online journal, The Catholic Thing.  I’ve written in praise of this book, and I thought that had come to know most of the good stories that could be told about our friend Judge Conrad; and yet Mary Eberstadt had even more to add about the man, as well as the Judge.  But on the book itself, she had these things to say:

[The book] delivers the adventure scenario via the thrilling stories of these martyrs, interspersed with Judge Conrad’s reflections on the lessons of their examples for the rest of us. It is a riveting read, right through to the appendices and footnotes – and of how many books can we say that?

Then there’s the volume’s spiritual merit. This book made me want to be a better Christian. It will make other readers feel the same. Perhaps because he is a father and grandfather, Judge Conrad brings an empathy to the telling of these stories scanted in conventional accounts. We are reminded that saints and martyrs are also men (and women), with the same cares that we often think are ours alone.

Her full review can be found here.

Hadley Arkes is the Founder and Director of the James Wilson Institute as well as the Edward Ney Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence at Amherst College.
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