Thomas Becket

ISBN-10: 0340741384
ISBN-13: 9780340741382
Edition: 2004
Authors: Anne Duggan
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The question 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?' must be one of the most notorious in history. Four knights interpreted it as a hint from their sovereign, rode to Canterbury, and there in his own cathedral murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket. Or so the story goes. Of Becket's murder there can be no doubt, nor is there any question about the spectacle of Henry II performing public penance for the act by being flogged round Canterbury Cathedral, but so much is obscured by the very act of martyrdom and the cult that followed it that a great many issues remain unresolved. The construction and deconstruction of Becket's reputation is central to this provocative new study. The cult of Becket has remained enduring: it was the centrepiece of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; and in our own time it has carried powerful enough resonance to generate interpretations from T.S. Eliot, Jean Anouilh, and indeed Hollywood. This book investigates whether the popular conception of Becket through the ages is a result of valid assessments of the man and his cause, or a product of a carefully constructed myth, and how far can one correct for the bias and reach 'the truth'.

The social climber
The controversial archbishop
The trial
Flight and exile
Defiance? : the Vezelay excommunications
God's honour and the church's liberty
God's honour and my order
God's honour, king's honour, Becket's honour
A hollow peace : Freteval and after
Murder in the cathedral
The image constructed and deconstructed, 1171-1900
Conclusion

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