Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 01 – Thomas Becket

In the first episode of the Medieval Archives podcast we discuss Thomas Becket. We discuss his early life, his rise to power as the Lord Chancellor of England and ultimately his role as the Archbishop of Canterbury. We talk about his friendship and loyalty to King Henry II and his loyalty to the Church and Pope. We also look at his influence after his death.

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4 Responses to Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 01 – Thomas Becket
  1. Raymond
    July 4, 2010 | 19:13

    Excellent work! A real delight to listen to! Thank you so much for all of your time and effort.

  2. Archivist
    July 6, 2010 | 18:11

    Thank you Raymond. I am glad you enjoyed it. I took a break for the 4th of July and now I’m busy researching the next episode.

  3. Eileen Messina
    February 20, 2015 | 06:00

    i’VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY BECKETT, AND AM ALWAYS HOPING TO HEAR SOMEONE SPEAK ABOUT HOW QUICKLY HE WAS SAINTED, WHILE BEING GREATLY HATED TOWARDS THE END OF HIS LIFE. I UNDERSTAND THE HAIR SHIRT AND VERMIN MADE PEOPLE THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT HIM, BUT WHY WAS THAT ENOUGH? TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT HE WAS STANDING UP FOR, EVEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT MEDIEVAL SENSIBILITIES, SEEMS OFF-PUTTING. AND, THOUGH YOU ONLY TOUCHED ON IT AT THE VERY END, HE HAS GREATLY FALLEN OUT OF FAVOR IN THE MODERN TIMES AND CHURCH. VERY INTERESTING, THANKS FOR THIS PODCAST. I JUST FOUND THE PAGE AND AM LISTENING TO THEM IN ORDER NOW šŸ™‚

  4. Archivist
    February 21, 2015 | 16:09

    ThankĀ Eileen Messina I’m glad you are enjoying the Podcasts.Ā  I’m not sure the reason behind Thomas Becket being regarded as a ‘bad’ Britain. There are far worse from the Medieval era alone!