The lives of Thomas Becket

Edited by Michael Staunton

The lives of Thomas Becket

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5455-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: August 2001
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Religious & Spiritual Leaders, HISTORY / General, RELIGION / Leadership, History, Literary studies: ancient & classical, History, Medieval History
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


This collection tells the story of Thomas Becket's turbulent life, violent death and extraordinary posthumous acclaim in the words of his contemporaries. The only modern collection from the twelfth-century Lives of Thomas Becket in English and features all his major biographers, including many previously untranslated extracts. Providing both a valuable glimpse of the late twelfth-century world, and an insight into the minds of those who witnessed the events. By using contemporary sources, this book is the most accessible way to study this central episode in medieval history. Thomas Becket features prominently in most medieval core courses. This book allows the subject to be taught as never before, and is highly suitable as a set text.


Michael Staunton is Lecturer in Medieval History at University College Dublin


List of maps
1. The road to Canterbury (?1118-62)
2. Conflict with the King (1162-4)
3. Exile (1164-6)
4. Diplomacy and discord (1167-70)
5. Martyrdom (1170-3)
6. Dissenting Voices

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