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Thomas Becket : warrior, priest, rebel : a nine-hundred-year-old story retold

Author: J A Guy
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Drawing on the full panoply of medieval sources, Guy sheds new light on the relationship between Saint Thomas à Becket and England's greatest medieval king, Henry II, separating truth from centuries of mythmaking, and casting doubt on the long-held assumption that the headstrong rivals were once close friends. He also provides the fullest accounting yet for Becket's seemingly radical transformation from worldly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas, à Becket Saint
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Guy
ISBN: 9781400069071 1400069076 9780679603412 0679603417
OCLC Number: 757465774
Description: xxii, 424 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Ancestry --
Upbringing --
Politics --
Paris --
A fresh start --
Apprentice --
Into the limelight --
Arrival at court --
Royal minister --
Bureaucrat and judge --
Warrior --
A solitary man --
Render unto Caesar --
Archbishop --
A broken relationship --
Conversion --
The clash --
Clarendon --
Northampton --
Exile --
Attack and counter-attack --
Search for a settlement --
The case against Becket --
Cat and mouse --
A trial of strength --
Return to Canterbury --
Murder in the cathedral --
Aftermath --
Martyr.
Responsibility: John Guy.

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A revisionist new biography reintroducing readers to one of the most subversive figures in English history--the man who sought to reform a nation, dared to defy his king, and laid down his life to  Read more...

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PRAISE FROM THE U.K. FOR JOHN GUY'S "THOMAS BECKET" "[A] suspenseful, meticulously researched biography . . . [John] Guy's biography scintillates with energetic scene-setting, giving us wherever Read more...

 
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