Thomas Becket Paperback

by Frank Barlow;

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Thomas Becket

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On 29 December 1170, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury was brutally murdered in his cathedral by four knights from the household of his former friend and patron, King Henry II. The horror that the killing inspired and the miraculous cures performed at Thomas's tomb transfigured him into one of the most popular saints in Western Christendom, and Canterbury became one of the greatest pilgrim shrines in the West. Yet these were unexpected results. Thomas's extraordinary career had been, and remains, controversial. The transformation of a handsome, attractive, and worldly courtier into a zealous prelate, a bitter exile and finally a martyr was for many hard to understand. In this brilliant new biography, based on the original sources and informed by the most recent scholarship, Frank Barlow reconstructs Thomas's physical environment and entourage at various stages of his career, exploring the nuances and irregularities in the story that have been ignored in other studies.

Thomas Becket by Frank Barlow was published by University of California Press in August 1990. The ISBN for Thomas Becket is 9780520071759.

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Details for Thomas Becket

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (August 1990)
EditionReprinted edition
Number of Pages384
Thickness19 mm
Height235 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4049463
Page last updated 29th June 2017
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