For instance a quoted extract in Marius’ biography on More.
Okay that’s fair enough there are hundreds of instances of pen names through out history, however More appears to have been unsatisfied with this simple nom de plume. He decided to take this a few steps further and also added a number of fictitious reviews from apparently eminent scholars such as Hermann of Prague, John Carcelius and Ferdinand Baravellus. Now this does sound familiar a very contemporary practice inventing reviews to boosts sales. More though didn’t stop there, each of his imaginary reviewers then egged each other on plus backing up William Rosse in his ‘need’ to defend his slandered monarch. Apparently More himself urged his friends to defend the right worthy Master Rosse even asking Erasmus to lend his pen to the cause. The humanist scholar sensibly sidestepped simply remarking that Luther could learn the use of invective from Master Rosse.
I would suggest others would be more worthy, especially our readers.
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