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CLIP 10126

Interpretations of Thomas Becket

Interpretations of Thomas Becket

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Key Info
  • Interpretations of Thomas Becket
  • Duration: 03:37
  • Two different interpretations of Becket. After his death Thomas Becket was seen by some as a martyr, who was made a Saint by Pope Alexander. Pilgrims believed his remains had the power to heal. Even today at the cathedral visitors can buy commemorative items. Why does this martyr-figure interpretation exist? What of alternative interpretations of Becket as a power-seeking, obstinate, difficult man?
  • Subject:



    Monarchy: Medieval

  • Keywords: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, interpretation, Henry II, power, medieval, church, religion, conflict
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could be asked to assume the role of either Edward Grim or Richard Eales. They must watch this clip and then go about adding weight to the interpretation their persona believes (for which the teacher will need to provide contemporary evidence about Thomas' actions). They could then debate which interpretation carries greater weight.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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