Found project: Canterbury Cathedral


    Project : Canterbury Cathedral

    Architect : Lanfranc (commissioner)

    Completion: 1077

    Locality : Canterbury

    Country : United Kingdom

    Building style : Romanesque

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    Description :

    Thomas was considered to be “truly a king’s man”, and he was ordained priest on 2 June 1162, consecrated bishop on the following morning and enthroned as Archbishop in Canterbury Cathedral on the same day. The relationship of these two ended up in a row, though, and Thomas flew from Northampton on a stormy October night in 1164. He returned to England in 1170, after six years in exile.

    Even Henry II wanted it or not, four knights understood the king’s cry for help as he wanted the Archbishop dead. They headed for England and arrived to Canterbury on 29 December 1170. Thomas Becket confronted the knights in the dark church where they killed him, murmuring ‘for the name of Jesus and the defence of the church I am willing to die.’

    “Within hours of the Archbishop’s death, and to the accompaniment of a violent storm, the Cathedral was thronged with a mourning crowd, and two days later began the series of miracles which, in 1173, was to warrant his canonization ‘among the company of martyrs’ by Pope Alexander III.

    Several of these miracles, as well as episodes of Thomas’s life, are commemorated in the series of stained glass windows, probably the most enjoyable of all the windows at Canterbury, which were placed in the aisles of the newly constructed Trinity Chapel in the early thirteenth century.”

    Keates, Jonathan & Hornak, Angelo: Canterbury Cathedral, Scala Publishers, 2008, pp. 36–42.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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