The Life, Times and Death of Thomas Becket 13 July

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Marking the 850th anniversary of one of the most powerful figures of his times, this special exhibition at the British Museum presents Becket’s tumultuous journey from a merchant’s son to an archbishop, and from a revered saint in death to a “traitor” in the eyes of Henry Vlll more than 350 years later. The archbishop’s slaying and martyrdom transfixed the medieval world – and inspired some magnificently murderous art and artefacts that are still shocking today. The aim of the exhibit seems to be to get up close to the man, the murder and the legend through an array of objects associated with Becket such as illuminated manuscripts, some of which contain eye-witness accounts of the murder, jewellery and sacred reliquaries.

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