knižní novinky detaillondýn: thomas becket: murder and the making of a saint (british museum)

Londýn: Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint (British Museum)

U příležitosti 850. výročí dramatické vraždy arcibiskupa Tomáše Becketa byla uspořádána v londýnském British Museum výstava věnovaná této významné osobnosti. Bilancí současného bádání se stal katalog (272 stran), který zaujme rozsáhlou fotografickou dokumentací ikonografie tohoto významného světce, zejména ve středověké Anglii a Francii. Nově zhodnoceny jsou i památky spojené s katedrálou v Canterbury – zejména vitraje věnované Becketovi. Publikace je někde na půl cesty mezi vědeckým katalogem a popularizační historickou příručku.



Lloyd de Beer a Naomi Speakman (ed.), Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint, British Museum, anglicky, 272 stran, £27.99




Editace vydavatele:

The murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170 sent shockwaves through medieval Europe. He rose from ordinary beginnings in London to become chancellor to King Henry II and then Archbishop of Canterbury, making him one of the most powerful men in England. Becket’s fortunes changed when a bitter dispute with Henry forced him into a six-year exile.

Less than a month after his return to England, Becket was killed by four knights with close ties to the king. In the wake of his death, hundreds of miracles were attributed to him and, just over two years later, he was canonised. All across Europe he was celebrated as a defender of the Church against royal tyranny.

Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman tell the story of Becket’s dramatic life, death and legacy through a stunning array of objects, including medieval stained glass, manuscripts, jewellery and sacred reliquaries. They reveal Canterbury Cathedral’s transformation into one of Europe’s most popular pilgrimage destinations. Over the centuries, pilgrims visited Becket’s shrine in their thousands, a journey famously reimaged by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales.

A dedicated section by Rachel Koopmans, which features ground-breaking new research, delves deeper into Becket’s miracle stories through the lens of one of the stained-glass miracle windows from the cathedral. The cult of Thomas Becket endured in spite of the English Reformation during which his shrine at Canterbury was dramatically destroyed and his image and name outlawed.

From twelfth-century London to the Tudor court, this magnificent book takes you through the twists and turns of one of the most remarkable stories of the Middle Ages.


Table of Contents


1.The rise of Thomas Becket

2.The fall of Thomas Becket: exile, murder, canonisation

3.Reactions, rebellion and the death of a king

4.A shrine fit for a saint: Canterbury Cathedral transformed

5.Becket's shadow: England in the aftermath of the murder

6.‘From every shire’s end’: pilgrimage and devotion to St Thomas of Canterbury

7.Becket and the Tudors: reformation and rebellion


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