Becket By John Guy

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BECKET- by John Guy

Date: 23rd April 2012

BECKET – the film starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole is a most enjoyable and interesting film and keeps fairly closely to the historic detail apart from portraying Becket being as much a womaniser as Henry II. He certainly was not and from the latest book ‘Becket’ by John Guy it would appear that, although no one knows about his sexual activity during his student days in Paris, he was a celibate man. I haven’t quite finished the book yet – it’s a slow read for me as I’m taking notes as I go along. My favourite ‘spot’ in the Cathedral when I’m on duty is the Martyrdom and I’m happy to briefly tell the story of the conflict between Henry II and Thomas – the conflict which led to his murder. The conflict was complicated and came down to power and the intransigence of both men.

John Guy is giving a talk based on his book on 22nd May in the Nave at Canterbury Cathedral – so if you are in the vicinity and would like to attend, you can obtain tickets from Waterstones. I’ll certainly be there along with several friends.

Have just finished the book - absolutely fascinating and certainly furnishes me with many more facts should I be asked questions in the Martyrdom.  (And I've learned that the words 'will no one rid me of this turbulent (troublesome) priest" are apocryphal.  So will have to learn the correct ones.

The Altar of the Sword's Point - the Martyrdom - Canterbury Cathedral

BECKET- by John Guy

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