Liturgies in Honour of Thomas Becket

Liturgies in Honour of Thomas Becket

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Univ of Toronto Pr

Martyred in 1170 when still the Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Thomas Becket was canonized only three years later, and became one of the most important religious figures in the history of the English church. In this work, Kay Slocum analyzes the image of Thomas Becket as presented in the liturgies composed in his honour, and examines these within the context of the political and social history of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Through these liturgies, Thomas Becket is presented as 'novus homo', 'bonus pastor', a defender of the church, a martyr, a miracle worker, and a type of Christ. The first part of this book examines these images, and demonstrates how each is developed using material from Becket's contemporary biographers, and analyzing the historical and political context.

The second half of this book presents musical transcriptions and English translations for two complete offices, one for Thomas Becket's feast day, and another for the commemoration of the translation of his remains. Drawing on literature, music, and liturgical texts, this interdisciplinary study illustrates how varied materials can be drawn together to enhance our understanding of medieval culture and society.


Slocum analyzes the image of Thomas Becket as presented in the liturgies composed in his honour, and examines these within the context of the political and social history of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.



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Slocum (humanities, Capital U.) begins by outlining the career of Thomas Becket (1118-70) as English royal chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury, in his exile and return, at his martyrdom, and as a cult figure and saint. Then she presents two complete offices from the 13th century, one for his feast day and the other for his translation, in alternating paragraphs of the original Latin and English translation. She includes scores for the music with the Latin lyrics and English translations of them nearby. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Toronto Press

Martyred in 1170 when still the Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Thomas Becket was canonized only three years later, and became one of the most important religious figures in the history of the English church. In this work, Kay Slocum analyzes the image of Thomas Becket as presented in the liturgies composed in his honour, and examines these within the context of the political and social history of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Through these liturgies, Thomas Becket is presented as 'novus homo', 'bonus pastor', a defender of the church, a martyr, a miracle worker, and a type of Christ. The first part of this book examines these images, and demonstrates how each is developed using material from Becket's contemporary biographers, and analyzing the historical and political context.

The second half of this book presents musical transcriptions and English translations for two complete offices, one for Thomas Becket's feast day, and another for the commemoration of the translation of his remains. Drawing on literature, music, and liturgical texts, this interdisciplinary study illustrates how varied materials can be drawn together to enhance our understanding of medieval culture and society.



Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2004
ISBN: 9781442676749
1442676744
9780802036506
0802036503
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 379 pages) : illustrations, music

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