The Cult of St Thomas Becket in the Plantagenet World, c.1170-c.1220
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270 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

10 colour. 3 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Cult of St Thomas Becket in the Plantagenet World, c.1170-c.1220

Edited by Marie-Pierre Gelin and Paul Webster

by Paul Webster

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The extraordinary growth and development of the cult of St Thomas Becket is investigated here, with a particular focus on its material culture.
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, toemphasise 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 thecourts 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.

Dr Paul Webster is currently Lecturer in Medieval History and Project Manager of the Exploring the Past adult learners progression pathway at Cardiff University; Dr Marie-Pierre Gelin is a Teaching Fellow in the History Department at University College London.

Contributors: Colette Bowie, Elma Brenner, José Manuel Cerda, Anne J. Duggan, Marie-Pierre Gelin, Alyce A. Jordan, Michael Staunton, Paul Webster.
Introduction. The Cult of St Thomas Becket: An Historiographical Pilgrimage - Paul Webster
Becket is Dead! Long Live St Thomas - Anne J. Duggan
The Cult of St Thomas in the Liturgy and Iconography of Christ Church, Canterbury - Marie-Pierre Gelin
Thomas Becket and Leprosy in Normandy - Elma Brenner
Thomas Becket in the Chronicles - Michael Staunton
Matilda, Duchess of Saxony (1168-89) and the Cult of Thomas Becket: A Legacy of Appropriation - Colette Bowie
Leonor Plantagenet and the Cult of Thomas Becket in Castile - José Manuel Cerda
Crown versus Church after Becket: King John, St Thomas, and the Interdict - Paul Webster
The St Thomas Becket Windows at Angers and Coutances: Devotion, Subversion, and the Scottish Connection - Alyce A. Jordan

Dr Marie-Pierre Gelin is a Teaching Fellow in the History Department at University College London.

Dr Paul Webster is currently Lecturer in Medieval History and Project Manager of the Exploring the Past adult learners progression pathway at Cardiff University.

Dr Paul Webster is currently Lecturer in Medieval History and Project Manager of the Exploring the Past adult learners progression pathway at Cardiff University.

"A useful collection, well presented, properly indexed, rising above the generally meretricious nature of the genre." JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
"Outstanding..The volume overall is excellent, and will surely be indispensable to scholars with an interest in Becket as well as saints' cults and elite patronage more generally around the year 1200." JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY, LITERATURE AND CULTURE
"It will surely be an important resource for future studies, and it prompts many questions about how the cult developed and changed over the longer term, and about how elite engagement with the Becket cult influenced popular engagement. ENGLISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY [T]his volume enriches our understanding of the multiple meanings and diverse uses of Becket's prodigious afterlife." SPECULUM
"This volume will be of interest to scholars of multiple specialities, including history, literature, and art history, along with others. The collection also speaks to regions beyond England and northern France, particularly Spain and Germany." PARERGON
"A lively, thoroughly-researched, and stimulating contribution to an ever-expanding Becket literature." SEHEPUNKTE

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Title Details

270 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

10 colour. 3 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press