Thomas Becket: Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket: Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket: Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket: Archbishop of Canterbury

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This biography is the result of an endeavour to sift and restate what has long been known about the great Englishman whose life has been written, perhaps, more frequently than that of any other hero of the Middle Age. It was originally published in a series I was then editing, called Makers of National History, the object of which was to illustrate the importance of individual contributions to national development, in action and in thought. It was published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, Ltd., in 1910, and has long been out of print. With their cordial consent I have revised it for the present edition, taking note of much that has been published since then. Many kind friends have written to me during the last fifteen years about my book, and here I venture especially to thank that most learned and generous helper of others, Dr Reginald Lane Poole.

Thirty-seven years ago I published on the same subject a volume (S. Thomas of Canterbury, D. Nutt, second edition, 1899) of translated extracts from the contemporary biographers and other choniclers. I have not now used the translations I then made, but have either translated the Latin anew or used, with revision, the translations made more than eighty years ago by Mr R. H. Froude and Dr J. A. Giles, to whom (the . . .

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