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Thomas Becket : warrior, priest, rebel, victim : a 900-year-old story retold / John Guy.

By: Guy, J. A. (John Alexander) [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Viking, 2013Description: ix, 422 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780141044675 (pbk.); 0141044675 (pbk.); 9780141933283 (ebook); 0141933283 (ebook).Subject(s): Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170 | Statesmen -- England -- Biography | Christian saints -- England -- Biography | Great Britain -- History -- Henry II, 1154-1189DDC classification: 942.031092
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This is the man, not the legend . . . Thomas Becket lived at the centre of medieval England. Son of a draper's merchant, he was befriended and favoured by Henry II and quickly ascended the rungs of power and privilege. He led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between warring states and advised King and Pope. Yet he lost it all defying his closest friend and King, resulting in his own bloody murder and the birth of a legend. In John Guy's masterful account the life, death and times of Thomas Becket come splendidly alive. 'Wonderfully moving and subtle. Reading of the assassination is almost unbearably intense and brings tears to one's eye.' Daily Express 'Compelling, marvellously measured, entertainingly astute, and in places positively moving.' Independent 'A beautifully layered portrait of one of the most complex characters in English history . . . not only corrects many historical errors and uncertainties, but merits reading more than once, for the sheer joy of its superb storytelling.' The Times 'Scintillates with energetic scene-setting, giving us a tactile, visual feel for early medieval England . . . breathes new life into an oft-told tale.' Financial Times 'Vivid and extremely readable. The most accessible Life of Thomas Becket to be published in recent years.' The Times Literary Supplement

Originally published: 2012.

Includes bibliographical references and index.