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Title The cult of St Thomas Becket in the Plantagenet world, c.1170-c.1220 / edited by Paul Webster and Marie-Pierre Gelin
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : The Boydell Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 252 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Contents Frontcover -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Contributors -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction. The Cult of St Thomas Becket: An Historiographical Pilgrimage -- 2. Becket is Dead! Long Live St Thomas -- 3. The Cult of St Thomas in the Liturgy and Iconography of Christ Church, Canterbury -- 4. Thomas Becket and Leprosy in Normandy -- 5. Thomas Becket in the Chronicles -- 6. Matilda, Duchess of Saxony (1168-89) and the Cult of Thomas Becket: A Legacy of Appropriation -- 7. Leonor Plantagenet and the Cult of Thomas Becket in Castile -- 8. Crown Versus Church After Becket: King John, St Thomas and the Interdict -- 9. The St Thomas Becket Windows at Angers and Coutances: Devotion, Subversion and the Scottish Connection -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Thomas Becket - the archbishop of Canterbury cut down in his own cathedral just after Christmas 1170 - stands amongst the most renowned royal ministers, churchmen, and saints of the Middle Ages. He inspired the work of medieval writers and artists, and remains a compelling subject for historians today. Yet many of the political, religious, and cultural repercussions of his murder and subsequent canonisation remain to be explored in detail. This book examines the development of the cult and the impact of the legacy of Saint Thomas within the Plantagenet orbit of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries - the "Empire" assembled by King Henry II, defended by his son King Richard the Lionheart, and lost by King John. Traditional textual and archival sources, such as miracle collections, charters, and royal and papal letters, are used in conjunction with the material culture inspired by the cult, to emphasise the wide-ranging impact of the murder and of the cult's emergence in the century following the martyrdom. From the archiepiscopal church at Canterbury, to writers and religious houses across the Plantagenet lands, to the courts of Henry II, his children, and the bishops of the Angevin world, individuals and communities adapted and responded to one of the most extraordinary religious phenomena of the age
Notes Papers based chiefly on a selection from those presented at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK--Cf. Acknowledgements
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-237) and index
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Subject Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170 -- Congresses
Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170 -- Cult -- History -- Congresses
SUBJECT Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170 fast
Subject Christian saints -- England -- Congresses
Christian martyrs -- England -- Congresses
Bishops -- England -- Congresses
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
HISTORY -- Medieval.
Christian martyrs
Christian saints
SUBJECT Great Britain -- History -- Henry II, 1154-1189 -- Congresses
Subject Great Britain
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings
Form Electronic book
Author Webster, Paul (Medievalist), editor, contributor.
Gelin, Marie-Pierre, contributor
International Medieval Congress.
ISBN 9781782048657