Thomas Becket: The Life and Times of Thomas Becket (A.D. 1118-1170), Statesman, Soldier, Martyr, and Saint

By: Winston, Richard

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First edition. Boards faintly soiled, smudge on fore-edge, jacket price clipped. 1967 Hard Cover. x, [4], 413, [1], viii, [8] pp. Illustrated with two maps and a chart. A biography of the 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury, the first major study to be published since the 19th century. Thomas Becket (1118 – 29 December 1170), later also known as Thomas a Becket, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was assassinated by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after the death of Thomas Becket, Pope Alexander canonised him and the murdered priest was elevated to sainthood. The monks were afraid that Becket's body might be stolen. To prevent this from happening, Becket's marble coffin was placed in the crypt of the cathedral. The monks also built a stone wall in front of the tomb. There were two gaps in the wall where pilgrims could insert their heads and kiss the tomb. In 1220, Becket's bones were moved to a new gold-plated and bejewelled shrine behind the high altar. The shrine was placed on a raised platform supported by pillars. Canterbury, because of its religious history, had always seen a large number of pilgrims. However, after the death of Thomas Becket, the number of pilgrims visiting the town grew rapidly.

Title: Thomas Becket: The Life and Times of Thomas Becket (A.D. 1118-1170), Statesman, Soldier, Martyr, and Saint

Author: Winston, Richard

Illustrator: Chappell, Warren

Categories: Religious, Political,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1967

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2291402

Keywords: THOMAS BECKET ENGLISH HISTORY BIOGRAPHY,