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The Lives of Thomas Becket
Through the eye-witness and contemporary biographical accounts, this book provides valuable insight into the late-12th century world. The extracts, many previously untranslated, expose one of the most controversial figures of the Middle Ages. Written as the shock of Becket's murder in 1170 reverberated around Europe, the accounts provide vivid testimony to the most dramati ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 7th 2001 by Manchester University Press
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People who are worried about the status of the church because of American politics should really brush up on their history. The problems between the City of God and the City of Man are not new and not limited to places in which there is a distinct antithesis and the Body of Christ has continued through much worse circumstances. Thomas Becket's story remains on of the most convoluted and interesting tales of Christian martyrdom, whether or not you believe the tales of his post-mortum miracles. Ed ...more
I enjoy reading history. The first few pages of this were painful to me, and if I hadn't been teaching it I might have stopped there. I'm glad I was forced on, though, because it actually turned out to be quite interesting. The many primary sources were helpful to read, although I came away still full of questions about the motives of each man involved. Enjoyable in the end and still very relevant here in the 21st century.