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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 819: Thomas Becket: Images and Representations

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Marie-Pierre Gelin, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Anne J. Duggan, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 819-aPriest and Victim: Images of Martyrdom in the Lives of Thomas Becket
(Language: English)
Michael Staunton, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 819-bArchbishops, Monks, and Martyrs: St Thomas and his Predecessors in the Iconography and Liturgy of Christ Church, Canterbury
(Language: English)
Marie-Pierre Gelin, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Liturgy, Monasticism
Paper 819-cBecket and Stratford: Brothers in Allegiance and Opposition
(Language: English)
Catherine Hemet, Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Hagiography, Sermons and Preaching

The ways in which the image of St Thomas Becket was constructed and used after the murder of the archbishop in 1170 still offer a vast field of research. This session proposes to examine how, and to what ends, Saint Thomas was presented in various media during the Middle Ages: in the Lives written to celebrate the sanctity of the murdered archbishop; in the images and liturgy of the monastic community of Canterbury Cathedral; and finally in sermons preached in the context of the Hundred Years War.