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Thomas Becket

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Anne Duggan is Professor of History at King's College LondonTexte du rabat This book investigates whether the popular conception ... Lire la suite
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Anne Duggan is Professor of History at King's College London



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This book investigates whether the popular conception of Becket through the ages is a result of valid assessments of the man and his cause, or a product of a carefully constructed myth, and how far can one correct for the bias and reach 'the truth'. The question 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?' must be one of the most notorious in history. Four knights interpreted it as a hint from their sovereign, rode to Canterbury, and there in his own cathedral murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket. Or so the story goes. Of Becket's murder there can be no doubt, nor is there any question about the spectacle of Henry II performing public penance for the act by being flogged round Canterbury Cathedral, but so much is obscured by the very act of martyrdom and the cult that followed it that a great many issues remain unresolved. The construction and deconstruction of Becket's reputation is central to this provocative new study. The cult of Becket has remained enduring: it was the centrepiece of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; and in our own time it has carried powerful enough resonance to generate interpretations from T.S. Eliot, Jean Anouilh, and indeed Hollywood. This book investigates whether the popular conception of Becket through the ages is a result of valid assessments of the man and his cause, or a product of a carefully constructed myth, and how far can one correct for the bias and reach 'the truth'. Inspection copy mailing to lecturers of medieval history. Promoted at relevant academic conferences. On publication, sent to targeted journals for review.

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Titre: Thomas Becket
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Code EAN: 9780340741382
ISBN: 978-0-340-74138-2
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Bloomsbury Academic
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 256
Poids: 408g
Taille: H213mm x B140mm x T20mm
Année: 2005

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