The British Museum is making this the year of St. Thomas Becket, 850 years after his assassination.
This 15th-century image of St. Thomas Becket being struck with a large sword is made of alabaster, a material for which English craftsmen were famed.
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Reliquary casket of St. Thomas Becket
Made just a few years after Becket's martyrdom, this reliquary casket was created by the French masters in this field -- the craftsmen of Limoges.
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Another view of Becket's assassination, this time in a psalter of around 1220.
There are few images of the saint that don't involve his violent death.
The location where Becket was struck down is marked by a suitably sword-based memorial.
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The soaring majesty and serenity of Canterbury Cathedral belie its bloody past.
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King Henry II was a tortured man after the killing of his friend and former ally St. Thomas Becket. He died miserably in France and his remains were desecrated during the French Revolution.
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