The Lives of Thomas Becket

By: Staunton, M.

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The Lives of Thomas Becket by Staunton, M. (translator)
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Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 2001. 255pp looks unused This collection tells the story of Thomas Becket's turbulent life, violent death and extraordinary posthumous acclaim in the words of his contemporaries. These extracts, many previously untranslated, make it possible for the first time to read in English how one of the most controversial figures of the Middle Ages was seen by those who knew him best and those most powerfully affected by him. Written as the shock of Thomas's murder in December 1170 reverberated around Europe, these lives provide vivid testimony to the most dramatic events of his life: how the 'proud and vain' Royal Chancellor became champion of the church and enemy of the king; how he fled into exile to lead a life of personal asceticism and political agitation; and how he returned to face martyrdom before the altar of his own cathedral, prompting unprecedented popular veneration. The biographers' accounts and the many eye-witnesses are by turn descriptive, reflective and argumentative, providing both a valuable glimpse of the late twelfth-century world, and an insight into the minds of those who witnessed the events.. Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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