Join us to mark the 850th anniversary of the death of St Thomas Becket, whose image is emblazoned on the walls of St Albans Cathedral – painted during the medieval period onto a pillar of the nave, and re-illuminated as part of the ‘Alban, Britain’s First Saint’ project.

Murdered in his own cathedral on 29 December 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket became a saint speedily, in 1173, with a growing following. Becket's staunch defence of the church prerogatives in general and, later, the rights and authority of Canterbury in particular sent him into exile and conflict with Henry II and his fellow English bishops, but his shocking and sacrilegious death brought him to prominence across Latin Christendom and secured his reputation. Looking not only at his life and times, but also the way that Becket's legacy was used after his death, this session will investigate who Thomas Becket was to both his contemporaries and those who deployed him as an idea and symbol after his death. 

Speaker: Dr Danica Summerlin, University of Sheffield

Date & Time: Wednesday 16 December, 7.30-9pm. Participants can join from 7pm. 

Price: £10 (£6 students)

Venue: Online via Zoom

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids. 

Instructions for signing up and joining the talk will be sent via email between 5-5.30pm on the day of the event. If you have not received these details by 5.30pm, please call 01727 890205. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book. 

You can book online here, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on the day of the event.

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