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  1. Thomas Becket : a textual history of his letters

    Duggan, Anne
    Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1980.

  2. Thomas Becket

    Duggan, Anne
    London : Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2004.

    The construction and deconstruction of Becket's reputation is central to this provocative new study. The cult of Becket has remained enduring: it was the centerpiece of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"; and in our own time it has carried powerful enough resonance to generate interpretations from T.S. Eliot, Jean Anouilh, and indeed Hollywood. This book investigates whether the popular conception of Becket through the ages is a result of valid assessments of the man and his cause, or a product of a carefully constructed myth, and how far can one correct for the bias and reach the truth.The question 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?' must be one of the most notorious in history. Four knights interpreted it as a hint from their sovereign, rode to Canterbury, and there in his own cathedral murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket. Or so the story goes. Of Becket's murder there can be no doubt, nor is there any question about the spectacle of Henry II performing public penance for the act by being flogged round Canterbury Cathedral, but so much is obscured by the very act of martyrdom and the cult that followed it that a great many issues remain unresolved. The construction and deconstruction of Becket's reputation is central to this provocative new study. The cult of Becket has remained enduring: it was the centrepiece of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; and in our own time it has carried powerful enough resonance to generate interpretations from T.S. Eliot, Jean Anouilh, and indeed Hollywood. This book investigates whether the popular conception of Becket through the ages is a result of valid assessments of the man and his cause, or a product of a carefully constructed myth, and how far can one correct for the bias and reach 'the truth'.

  3. Thomas Becket : friends, networks, texts, and cult

    Duggan, Anne
    Aldershot, Hampshire, Great Britain ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate/Variorum, c2007.

    Becket's life was lived on a European stage, his cause was conducted in a European setting, and the cult of the new martyr spread with extraordinary rapidity to the furthest reaches of Latin Christendom before the end of the twelfth century. The fifteen studies collected here reflect not only the global reach of the subject but the diverse expertise of their author, whose edition and translation of the "Correspondence of Archbishop Thomas Becket" (2000) and acclaimed biography ("Thomas Becket", 2004) have established her place in Becket studies. Based on the critical examination of manuscripts and texts, this collection focuses first on the papal curia and Becket's household in exile. The following studies deal with Becket's letters and their authorship, the coronation of the young King Henry (1170), and Henry II's reconciliation at Avranches (1172). The final part traces the explosion of Becket's cult, the transmission of hagiographical and liturgical texts to France, Germany, and Portugal, and the role of diverse agencies of dissemination: Henry II's daughters, for example, in Saxony, Castile, and Sicily, and the Cistercian and Augustinian orders whose networks of houses embraced the whole of Europe.

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