The Book in the Cathedral

The assassination of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29th December, 1170 is one of the most famous events in European history. It inspired the largest pilgrim site in medieval Europe and many works of literature from Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ to T.S. Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ and Anouilh’s ‘Becket’. In a piece of historical detective work, Christopher de Hamel here identifies the Anglo-Saxon Psalter which Becket cherished throughout his time as Archbishop of Canterbury and which he may even have been holding when he was murdered.

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From the bestselling author of Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts, a captivating account of the last surviving relic of Thomas Becket

The assassination of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170 is one of the most famous events in European history. It inspired the largest pilgrim site in medieval Europe and many works of literature from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral and Anouilh's Becket.

In a brilliant piece of historical detective work, Christopher de Hamel here identifies the only surviving relic from Becket's shrine: the Anglo-Saxon Psalter which he cherished throughout his time as Archbishop of Canterbury, and which he may even have been holding when he was murdered.

Beautifully illustrated and published to coincide with the 850th anniversary of the death of Thomas Becket, this is an exciting rediscovery of one of the most evocative artefacts of medieval England.

Additional information

Weight 174 g
Dimensions 204 × 138 × 13 mm
Author

De, Hamel, Christop

Publisher

Allen Lane

Imprint

Allen Lane

Cover

Hardback

Pages

58 , 8 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition

0

Dewey

745.670942 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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