Lives of Thomas Becket

ISBN-10: 0719054559

ISBN-13: 9780719054556

Edition: 2001

Authors: Michael Staunton
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Description: This collection tells the story of Thomas Becket's turbulent life, violent death and extraordinary posthumous acclaim in the words of his contemporaries. These sources provide vivid testimony to the most dramatic events of the saint's life.

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 8/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Michael Staunton is a lecturer in history at University College, Dublin.

Series editor's foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
The road to Canterbury (?1118-62)
Omens of future greatness (?1118)
Thomas as a young man (c. 1138-40)
Early training (c. 1138-54)
Royal Chancellor (1154-62)
Thomas's difficulties at court (1154-62)
The chancellor's hidden piety (1154-62)
The chancellor in diplomacy and war (1158-61)
Thomas's promotion is predicted (?1161-62)
Henry informs Thomas of his design (1161-62)
Thomas's reluctance is overcome (spring 1162)
Election as archbishop (May 1162)
From election to consecration (May-June 1162)
Change of life (1162)
Thomas as archbishop
Conflict with the king (1162-64)
Initial harmony (1162-64)
Beginning of the troubles (summer 1163)
Early disputes (summer 1163)
The Council of Westminster (October 1163)
Thomas is persuaded to submit to the royal customs (winter 1163-64)
The Constitutions of Clarendon (January 1164)
Thomas laments his compliance (January 1164)
Thomas attempts to flee (August-September 1164)
The Council of Northampton (6-12 October 1164)
Exile (1164-66)
The flight from Northampton (October 1166)
Reflections on the flight
Thomas's itinerary (October-November 1164)
Discussions with the pope at Sens (November 1164)
Henry's measures against Thomas (Christmas 1164)
Thomas's learning at Pontigny (1164-66)
Thomas's asceticism at Pontigny (1164-66)
Thomas decides on vigorous action (spring 1166)
Thomas's clerks meet the king (1 May 1166)
Excommunications at Vezelay (12 June 1166)
The bishops appeal against the censures (June 1166)
Thomas is removed from Pontigny (autumn 1166)
Diplomacy and discord (1167-70)
Conference between Gisors and Trie (18 November 1167)
Conference at Montmirail (6 January 1169)
The exiles are abandoned by their supporters (January 1169)
New excommunications (April-May 1169)
The mission of Gratian and Vivian, and the Council of Montmartre (autumn 1169)
The coronation of the young king (June 1170)
The Settlement at Freteval and its aftermath (July-November 1170)
Martyrdom (1170-74)
Thomas is warned as he embarks (?30 November 1170)
The archbishop's return (c. 1-3 December 1170)
Thomas is prevented from visiting the young king (c. 8-13 December 1170)
The bishops complain to the king (c. 23-24 December 1170)
The conspirators
The king consults his barons (c. 24 December 1170)
Thomas prepares for death (c. 25-27 December 1170)
The conspirators gather a force (December 1170)
The murder (29 December 1170)
Aftermath to the murder (29-30 December 1170)
The beginning of the miracles (early 1171)
Miracles
Pilgrimage to Canterbury
The fate of the guilty (1171-72)
The settlement at Avranches (May 1172)
The king's penance (12 July 1174)
Dissenting voices
The bishop's appeal
Gilbert Foliot's case against Thomas
Doubts about Thomas's sanctity
A critical view of Thomas's life
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Index
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