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Thomas Becket : warrior, priest, rebel, victim : a 900-year-old story retold

Author: J A Guy
Publisher: London ; New York : Viking, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Behind the legend, there was a man. In 1120 the wife of a Norman draper's merchant gave birth to a baby boy in London's bustling Cheapside. Despite his middle-class background and unremarkable abilities, he rose within the space of thirty-five years to become the most powerful man in the kingdom, second only to Henry II himself.
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Thomas, à Becket Saint; Thomas, à Becket Saint; Thomas, Becket; Thomas, Becket.; Thomas Becket
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Guy
ISBN: 9780670918461 0670918466 9780141044675 0141044675 9780141933283 0141933283
OCLC Number: 769545324
Description: xxvi, 422 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 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 --
Clash --
Clarendon --
Northampton --
Exile --
Attack and counter-attack --
Search for a settlement --
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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