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The Quest for Becket's Bones: The Mystery of the Relics of St. Thomas Becket of Canterbury Paperback – July 24, 1996


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (July 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300068956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300068955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will have to read the book to find the answer to that.
John P. Rooney
This interesting book by John Butler traces the history behind the disappearance of the remains of England's greatest saint, St. Thomas Becket.
lordhoot
He sustained serious head wounds, and one of his murderers even pried out some portion of his brain and scattered it upon the floor.
Daniel Jolley

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Until now, all I knew about Thomas Becket was that he, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was killed by several of Henry II's knights, and the only real mystery was whether or not Henry actually meant the words literally when he expressed a desire to have Becket taken care of. This is an utterly fascinating book, replete with images of the Canterbury Cathedral and vintage art pieces depicting the murder of Becket. The text itself is well-written, impeccably organized, and never dull for one moment. As it turns out, Becket's murder was just the beginning of the story, one that imparts much insight into the history of England itself.
History tells us that Becket, a good friend of Henry II before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, was talked into returning from exile in France only to be brutally murdered soon thereafter, in December 1170, in Canterbury Cathedral itself by four knights of the king. He sustained serious head wounds, and one of his murderers even pried out some portion of his brain and scattered it upon the floor. The next day, his body was buried in a marble or stone coffin in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at the eastern end of the crypt; while the body was moved temporarily at least once to guard against theft, Becket's relics basically remained in this spot for the next fifty years. In 1220, the relics were moved to a shrine in the Trinity Chapel, and pilgrims came in droves to see the holy relics and to seek miraculous cures (and there apparently were some). Then came Henry VIII and the Reformation. In 1538, he ordered all religious shrines and relics destroyed, including (and especially) Thomas Becket's relics, at the hands of the Royal Commissioners for the Destruction of Shrines.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
Everyone knows where Becket's bones were from 1170 until 1538 -- in the shrine in Canterbury Cathedral. Chaucer's pilgrims were on their way to see them... In 1538, commissioners of Henry VIII destroyed the shrine and, many assume, Becket's bones as well. But the contemporary accounts are ambiguous at best... In 1888 a shallow grave was discovered in the Cathedral crypt containing bones that seemed to match the description of Becket. They were even arranged in the makeshift casket in a way similar to descriptions of the arrangement of the bones in the shrine. Were these Becket's bones? And if they were, what would be the impact on the English church of the re-discovery of the relics of England's greatest Catholic saint -- one who died defending the authority of the pope? It sounds like a novel, but it is all true. This is a well-written, even handed account with a maximum of scholarship and a minimum of sensationalism (but just enough to keep you interested). Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on March 18, 2006
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This interesting book by John Butler traces the history behind the disappearance of the remains of England's greatest saint, St. Thomas Becket. The remains which until 1538, rested in Canterbury Cathedral, have gone "missing". The author gave several possible outcome although from the tone of the book, it appears that the bones of St. Thomas might be gone forever. That was due to the fact that in 1538, Henry VIII who in his height of reformation fever and his stuggles against the Pope, ordered the destruction of St. Thomas' remains. And even if that order was avoided and the body reburied in secret, to find that possible body would mean tearing up the floor of this historical and holy cathedral. So in some weird way, the remains of St. Thomas will probably be lost forever.

The book proves to be well written, researched and interesting bit of history's mysteries. It come well illustrated with diagrams and photographs which helped with the narrative. Thus, the book come highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Murphy on May 11, 2006
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At a time when 'The Da Vinci Code' is poised to open strongly at the box office, it's nice to find a historical mystery that is actually grounded in reality! In this case, it's the mystery surrounding the remains of St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Following his murder in 1170, Becket's remains were interred in two places within the Carterbury Catherdral - a below-ground crypt from 1170 through 1220, and an above-ground shrine from 1220 through the shrine's destruction in 1538. Thereafter, numerous theories described how his remains were rescued from the destruction... but no one could authoritatively determine where they were. Then, in 1888, a shallow grave just beneath the shrine's former location was opened, revealing a man's bones. Could these be the relics of the sainted Thomas Becket, the most revered person in English Catholicism?

The mystery didn't end there, and in fact, the book begins with a Da Vinci Code-like event in the early 1990s. It may not thrill quite like Dan Brown's novel, and that's about the only drawback to an otherwise great read. Truth IS stranger than fiction!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on June 21, 2004
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Always fascinated by Becket's story, I eagerly began this book hoping to discover a definitive solution to the mystery of the whereabouts of his vanished bones. I didn't find the answer (probably too much to hope for), but the book does provide a thorough compilation of the possibilities. Butler's style is smooth and readable, and he does a commendable, objective job of analyzing the facts. To his credit, he does not try to "sell" his own ideas on which of the scenarios is most likely. A worthwhile study of one of history's enduring mysteries.
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