29 December 2005

The Fourth day of Christmas

Today we remember St Thomas Becket - the Archbishop of Caterbury. Originally a "King's Man", once we was ordained a bishop he became a man of the Church and would not let the King over ride church duties.
There is actually an eye witness account of his murder on 29 December, 1170.
Edward Grim, a monk, observed the attack from the safety of a hiding place near the altar. He wrote his account some time after the event. Acceptance of his description must be qualified by the influence that Becket's sainthood had on Grim's perspective. However, the fundamentals of his narrative are no doubt true.

I always find it amazing the things you can discover on the Internet!

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