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Thomas Becket (Biographies Historiques) (French Edition)

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ohn Guy’s biography of Thomas Becket is a very good book—it is the work of a scholar (hitherto best known as a Tudor historian) at the zenith of his skill and completely on top of his sources. And how voluminous those are: 12 contemporary or near-contemporary biographies, including one in Icelandic, several accounts of Becket’s reported miracles, contemporary chronicles, hundreds of letters—not to mention a massive amount of secondary literature. Thomas Becket must have good claim to being the most written-about Englishman.

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Becket Today | The Weekly Standard

Those whose interest in history lies mainly in its parallels to current events will find little to chew on in John Guy’s fine new biography of Thomas Becket.