Session Title

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

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Alyce A. Jordan; Kay Brainerd Slocum

Organizer Affiliation

Northern Arizona Univ.; Capital Univ.

Presider Name

Alyce A. Jordan

Paper Title 1

The Newly Discovered Stained Glass at Canterbury Picturing Pilgrims on the Road, at the Martyrdom, and at Becket's Tomb

Presenter 1 Name

Rachel Koopmans

Presenter 1 Affiliation

York Univ.

Paper Title 2

Victorian/Post-Modern: A Scene from Becket's Life Caught in the Vicious Circles of Restoration

Presenter 2 Name

Madeline H. Caviness

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Tufts Univ.

Paper Title 3

Saint Thomas Becket, His Mother, and the Queen Mary Psalter in the English Court

Presenter 3 Name

Anne Rudloff Stanton

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Start Date

10-5-2020 8:30 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 archbishop of Canterbury, 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, 8:30 AM

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

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 archbishop of Canterbury, 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