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The quest for Becket's bones : the mystery of the relics of St Thomas Becket of Canterbury

Author: John R Butler
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In January 1888, workmen excavating the eastern crypt of Canterbury Cathedral uncovered the ancient bones of a tall, middle-aged man whose skull had seemingly been cleft by a sword. Could these be the remains of St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in the Cathedral in December 1170 by knights of King Henry II?" "This fascinating book recounts the story of the quest for St Thomas Becket's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Named Person: Thomas, à Becket Saint; Thomas, à Becket Saint; Thomas, à Becket Saint; Thomas (Becket); Thomas, Becket
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John R Butler
ISBN: 0300061153 9780300061154
OCLC Number: 30893265
Description: xii, 180 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: In life & in death --
The skeleton in the crypt --
Believers, agnostics & sceptics --
Debating the bones --
Archiepiscopal intervention --
The grave revisited --
Burned or buried? --
Five hypotheses --
A mystery.
Responsibility: John Butler.

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This book recounts the story of the quest for St Thomas Becket's bones over eight centuries and includes evidence that has only recently come to light.  Read more...

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