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Becket, St Thomas: life and textile relics
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Thomas Becket (c. 1118-1170; Archbishop of Canterbury 1162-70) is venerated as a saint and martyr in both the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches: initially a reaction to the circumstances of his death and its immediately preceding controversy.

His early life was not controversial: he was born in Cheapside, London, the son of Gilbert Beket of Thierville, a mercer who also lived on the rents of various London properties, and his wife Matilda of Mondeville. The family had some standing and were well connected, and Thomas was edu…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Becket, St Thomas: life and textile relics”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000950>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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