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Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint

Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint

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Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint

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Exhibition Catalog

Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman. British Museum, London, 2021.

272 pp. 200 ills. (chiefly col.). 26 x 23 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780714128382

Publisher's description This five-star exhibition explored the murder that shook the Middle Ages through the life, death and legacy of Thomas Becket. On 29 December 1170, Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights with close ties to King Henry II, an act that left Medieval Europe reeling. Becket was one of the most powerful figures of his time, serving as royal chancellor and later as Archbishop of Canterbury. Initially a close friend of Henry, the two men became engaged in a bitter dispute that culminated in his violent and public death – an event that sent shockwaves across Europe and caused an immense political fallout. Marking the 850th anniversary of his brutal murder, this special exhibition presented Becket's tumultuous journey from a merchant's son to an archbishop, and from a revered saint in death to a 'traitor' in the eyes of Henry VIII more than 350 years later. Visitors could get up close to the man, the murder and the legend through an incredible array of objects associated with Becket; from illuminated manuscripts, some of which included eyewitness accounts of the murder, to jewellery and sacred reliquaries. The exhibition featured objects from the British Museum collection as well as important loans from major collections across the UK and Europe, including an entire medieval stained glass window on loan for the first time from Canterbury Cathedral.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Great Britain -- 300 A.D.-1400 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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