Session Title

Saint Thomas Becket in Visual Culture: Past, Present, Future II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Alyce A. Jordan; Kay Brainerd Slocum

Organizer Affiliation

Northern Arizona Univ.; Capital Univ.

Presider Name

Kay Brainerd Slocum

Paper Title 1

Becket's Cult in Castille, ca. 1170-1220

Presenter 1 Name

Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo; Carmen Julia Gutiérrez

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Montclair State Univ.; Univ. Complutense de Madrid

Paper Title 2

Early Sixteenth-Century Metalwork and Saint Thomas Becket: The Bonus Medicus in Early Tudor England

Presenter 2 Name

Naomi Speakman

Presenter 2 Affiliation

British Museum

Paper Title 3

Collecting Becket: Recusants, Antiquarians, and Curators

Presenter 3 Name

James Robinson

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Victoria and Albert Museum

Start Date

10-5-2020 10:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

These sessions explore the import of St. Thomas Becket in medieval and post-medieval visual culture. 2020 marks the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket's martyrdom and the 800th anniversary of his translation. His meteoric rise to power as chancellor of England and the archbishop, his role as player and pawn in the power struggles between Henry II, Louis VII, and Pope Alexander III kept him at the center of European politics. His dramatic murder, miraculous healings, and rapid canonization carried him to saintly celebrity. Henry VIII's suppression of Becket's cult in 1536 only served to enhance his popularity elsewhere. His life and legacy remain the stuff of literature and legend, art, drama, and cultural commodification.

Alyce A. Jordan and Kay Brainerd Slocum

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May 10th, 10:30 AM

Saint Thomas Becket in Visual Culture: Past, Present, Future II

Fetzer 1010

These sessions explore the import of St. Thomas Becket in medieval and post-medieval visual culture. 2020 marks the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket's martyrdom and the 800th anniversary of his translation. His meteoric rise to power as chancellor of England and the archbishop, his role as player and pawn in the power struggles between Henry II, Louis VII, and Pope Alexander III kept him at the center of European politics. His dramatic murder, miraculous healings, and rapid canonization carried him to saintly celebrity. Henry VIII's suppression of Becket's cult in 1536 only served to enhance his popularity elsewhere. His life and legacy remain the stuff of literature and legend, art, drama, and cultural commodification.

Alyce A. Jordan and Kay Brainerd Slocum