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