Lives of Thomas Becket

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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 Becket's murder in December 1170 reverberated around Europe, these accounts provide vivid testimony...
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Overview

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 Becket's murder in December 1170 reverberated around Europe, these accounts 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 his own cathedral of Canterbury, prompting unprecedented popular veneration.

The biographers' accounts and the many eye-witnesses, are 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. This book is an essential resource for the study of medieval religion, politics and thought, and a lively introduction to one of the most famous episodes in English history.

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This volume contains excerpts from medieval accounts (many by eye- witnesses) of Archbishop Thomas Becket's life and violent death at the hands of several knights. Translator and editor Staunton (medieval history, University College, Dublin) presents background information on the conflict between Thomas and King Henry II in the introduction. Many of the accounts that follow are translated into English for the first time. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719054549
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Staunton is Lecturer in Medieval History at University College, Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction 1
I The road to Canterbury (?1118-62) 40
1 Omens of future greatness (?1118) 40
2 Thomas as a young man (c. 1138-40) 42
3 Early training (c. 1138-54) 43
4 Royal Chancellor (1154-62) 48
5 Thomas's difficulties at court (1154-62) 53
6 The chancellor's hidden piety (1154-62) 54
7 The chancellor in diplomacy and war (1158-61) 55
8 Thomas's promotion is predicted (?1161-62) 58
9 Henry informs Thomas of his design (1161-62) 59
10 Thomas's reluctance is overcome (spring 1162) 60
11 Election as archbishop (May 1162) 62
12 From election to consecration (May-June 1162) 64
13 Change of life (1162) 66
14 Thomas as archbishop 67
II Conflict with the king (1162-64) 70
15 Initial harmony (1162-64) 70
16 Beginning of the troubles (summer 1163) 75
17 Early disputes (summer 1163) 78
18 The Council of Westminster (October 1163) 79
19 Thomas is persuaded to submit to the royal customs (winter 1163-64) 83
20 The Constitutions of Clarendon (January 1164) 91
21 Thomas laments his compliance (January 1164) 96
22 Thomas attempts to flee (August-September 1164) 99
23 The Council of Northampton (6-12 October 1164) 100
III Exile (1164-66) 116
24 The flight from Northampton (October 1166) 116
25 Reflections on the flight 118
26 Thomas's itinerary (October-November 1164) 120
27 Discussions with the pope at Sens (November 1164) 128
28 Henry's measures against Thomas (Christmas 1164) 135
29 Thomas's learning at Pontigny (1164-66) 136
30 Thomas's asceticism at Pontigny (1164-66) 138
31 Thomas decides on vigorous action (spring 1166) 139
32 Thomas's clerks meet the king (1 May 1166) 142
33 Excommunications at Vezelay (12 June 1166) 144
34 The bishops appeal against the censures (June 1166) 146
35 Thomas is removed from Pontigny (autumn 1166) 147
IV Diplomacy and discord (1167-70) 150
36 Conference between Gisors and Trie (18 November 1167) 150
37 Conference at Montmirail (6 January 1169) 154
38 The exiles are abandoned by their supporters (January 1169) 162
39 New excommunications (April-May 1169) 164
40 The mission of Gratian and Vivian, and the Council of Montmartre (autumn 1169) 166
41 The coronation of the young king (June 1170) 172
42 The Settlement at Freteval and its aftermath (July-November 1170) 174
V Martyrdom (1170-74) 182
43 Thomas is warned as he embarks (?30 November 1170) 182
44 The archbishop's return (c. 1-3 December 1170) 182
45 Thomas is prevented from visiting the young king (c. 8-13 December 1170) 185
46 The bishops complain to the king (c. 23-24 December 1170) 188
47 The conspirators 190
48 The king consults his barons (c. 24 December 1170) 191
49 Thomas prepares for death (c. 25-27 December 1170) 192
50 The conspirators gather a force (December 1170) 194
51 The murder (29 December 1170) 195
52 Aftermath to the murder (29-30 December 1170) 203
53 The beginning of the miracles (early 1171) 205
54 Miracles 207
55 Pilgrimage to Canterbury 210
56 The fate of the guilty (1171-72) 211
57 The settlement at Avranches (May 1172) 215
58 The king's penance (12 July 1174) 217
VI Dissenting voices 220
59 The bishop's appeal 220
60 Gilbert Foliot's case against Thomas 223
61 Doubts about Thomas's sanctity 237
62 A critical view of Thomas's life 238
Select bibliography 246
Index 249
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