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The Quest for Becket's Bones By John R. Butler

The Quest for Becket's Bones

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Recounts the story of the quest for Becket's bones during the eight centuries since his murder in December 1170 by the knights of Henry II. Weighing the evidence, this book explores the mystery of the whereabouts of the relics of England's greatest saints.
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The Quest for Becket's Bones: The Mystery of the Relics of St.Thomas Becket of Canterbury by John R. Butler

In January 1888, workmen excavating in the eastern crypt of Canterbury Cathedral discovered the bones of a skeleton many believed to be that of the martyred archbishop, Thomas Beckett. This book traces the full history of Beckett's bones', from their alleged destruction by Henry VIII's commissioners during the Reformation to the present day. Includes fascinating observations, such as the unexpected discovery by workmen in 1865 of Dante's bones concealed in a wooden box a short distance from his empty tomb.

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About John R. Butler


John Butler is now retired, having worked as an academic at the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester, and Kent. He has the title of Emeritus Professor of Health Services Studies at the University of Kent. He is a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a guide at Canterbury Cathedral.

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GOR002536694
The Quest for Becket's Bones: The Mystery of the Relics of St.Thomas Becket of Canterbury by John R. Butler
John R. Butler
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Yale University Press
1996-07-01
180
0300068956
9780300068955
N/A
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