Thomas à Becket

It starts with a Limoges enamel casket with Becket being decapitated:-

His parents, Gilbert and Matilda, were merchants in Cheapside.   According to John of Salisbury, Becket ‘was tall in stature, handsome in appearance, acute in intellect…’  

His consecration as archbishop:-

A remnant of the Romanesque cathedral:-

Becket shows his feelings towards the King and Louis VII:-

There’s a font from a church in rural Sweden showing the rapid spread of his cult following his murder:-

The cult spreads to a reliquary in Norway:-

In alabaster:-

A wonderful, intellectually coherent, narrative exhibition, so rich in objects and a sense of Becket’s tragedy.

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  1. Jean Walker says:

    Thank you for this post. Sadly, we won’t be able to travel to see it but my partner found the BM’s excellent documentary on YouTube, which gave a pretty thorough virtual tour of it.

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