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Lives of Thomas Becket
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12th century. England. The Vitae of St. Thomas Becket were written by several authors, many of whom knew him or relied on contemporary accounts of his life and murder. Sources for the life and death of Becket are copious. There was an immediate and profound response to his murder in the cathedral at Canterbury in 1170 by his friends, associates, and religious communities who had an interest in upholding his resistance to royal control of the ecclesiastical foundations in England. The most significant lives of Becket within fifteen years of his death are the Vitae by John of Salisbury, Edward…

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Pollock, Melissa, “Lives of Thomas Becket”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000315>
First published online: 2016

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