The Quest for Becket's Bones: The Mystery of the Relics of St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury

The Quest for Becket's Bones: The Mystery of the Relics of St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury

by John Butler
     
 

In January 1888, workmen excavating in the eastern crypt of Canterbury Cathedral discovered the bones of a skeleton many believed to be that of the martyred archbishop, Thomas Beckett. This book traces the full history of 'Beckett's bones', from their alleged destruction by Henry VIII's commissioners during the Reformation to the present day. Includes fascinating…  See more details below

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In January 1888, workmen excavating in the eastern crypt of Canterbury Cathedral discovered the bones of a skeleton many believed to be that of the martyred archbishop, Thomas Beckett. This book traces the full history of 'Beckett's bones', from their alleged destruction by Henry VIII's commissioners during the Reformation to the present day. Includes fascinating observations, such as the unexpected discovery by workmen in 1865 of Dante's bones concealed in a wooden box a short distance from his empty tomb.

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New evidence in the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of St. Thomas Becket's remains underlies this tale of politics, science, religion, and romanticism spanning eight centuries. The bones of the English saint may have been burned by Henry VIII's commissioners in 1538 or they may have been reburied in a secret grave in Canterbury Cathedral. Numerous color and b&w photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780300068955
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.79(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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