29 December – Saint Thomas of Canterbury

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Francis Weninger.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

An Alphabet of Saints by Robert Hugh Benson, Reginald Balfour, and Charles Ritchie.

Character Calendar 

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

La vie des saints 

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Stories of the Saints for Children First Series by Mary Seymour. 

Memorials of the Blessed: A Series of Short Lives of the Saints by Charles B. Fairbanks.

Il libro d’oro

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

The story of Thomas Becket has inspired much creative output, including plays by Alfred Lord Tennyson and T. S. Eliot.

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

The account of the murder of Thomas Becket by Edward Grim

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Writings of Saint Thomas

Documenta Catholica Omnia

Art & Architecture

Seven places associated with Thomas Becket, including the church of St. Peter ad Vincula in South Newington, which preserves 14th-century wall paintings showing Thomas Becket’s martyrdom (informationphotos).

Enamelled boxes, chasses, from Limoges for the relics of Saint Thomas Becket. 

12th century frescoes in the Church of Santa Maria de Terrasse in Spain (photosinformation).

The 12C Baptismal Font from Lyngsjö Church in Sweden.

Re-interpreting the Becket Miracle Windows from Canterbury Cathedral (a scholarly talk).

A 15th C. series of scenes from the life of Thomas Becket in alabaster (onetwo three four).

18C Libro del Compendio della Vita di tutti Santi

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Kornbluth Photography Historical Archive

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index

Legends of the Monastic Orders as Represented in the Fine Arts by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

Lives and Legends of the English Bishops and Kings, Mediaeval Monks, and Other Later Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.


Medieval Music Database


The BBC radio program, In Our Time, has an episode dedicated to Thomas Becket.

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