St. Thomas Becket
The murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 is one of the most famous events in English history, creating shock waves which reverberated across Europe. His shrine at Canterbury became the most famous in Christendom, and after his canonisation the cult of St Thomas of Canterbury was the most important of any English saint.
The story of Becket’s life and work shows why it has continued to fascinate and enthral across the centuries. In modern times his life and death have been celebrated in music, literature, theatre and film.
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