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The British Library‘s Today’s Memory

The British Library‘s Today’s Memory

The British Library‘s Today’s Memory


Saint Thomas Becket Day

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#Onthisday in 1170 Thomas Becket was killed by King Henry II’s knights in Canterbury Cathedral. They were said to have been incited to action by Henry’s exasperated words, ‘What miserable drones and traitors have I nurtured and promoted in my household who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born clerk!’

This manuscript contains the first known manuscript miniature of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, depicting the Archbishop struck down while at prayer in Canterbury Cathedral. http://bit.ly/2igZexg

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