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An Account Of The Murder Of St. Thomas Becket

An Account Of The Murder Of St. Thomas Becket

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2

Item number: f.57r

Length: 29

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

The rubric (title in red) in the second column introduces the section describing Thomas Becket's martyrdom in Canterbury Cathedral. The red letters in the margin, found sporadically throughout the text, are the initials of the biographers who wrote accounts of Thomas's life and death, including John of Salisbury ('I'), Herbert of Bosham ('H'), William of Canterbury ('W'), Benedict of Peterborough ('B'), and Alan of Tewkesbury ('A').

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