JHI Home
About Us
Research Communities
Fellowships & Calls for Funding
Working Groups
Humanities At UofT
Events and Exhibitions

Thomas Becket: An Ideal Martyr

Thomas Becket: An Ideal Martyr
125 Queens Park, Lillian Massey Building, Room 310
Time: Nov 21st, 3:00 pm End: Nov 21st, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 400-1200, 1200-1500
Works in Medieval Studies seminar by Zina Uzdenskaya

The Works in Medieval Studies Seminar (WIMS) is pleased to present:

Zina Uzdenskaya

Thomas Becket: An Ideal Martyr

Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, the saint and the martyr, is, probably, one of the most famous Englishmen, at least of the Englishmen who lived in the 12th c. Paul Alonzo Brown wrote in the year 1930 in his book “The Development of the Legend of Thomas Becket” that there are three Beckets, “the Becket of History, the Becket of Legend, and the Becket of Literature.” Other researchers added more Beckets to this tiny group: Thomas Becket of London and Thomas Becket of Canterbury, Becket the Chancellor and Becket the Archbishop... I am adding the figure of Becket the Martyr to this litany of identities and discussing how it was shaped by the visual representation of the scene of his murder. I argue that the "iconic," or archetypal image of a Christian martyr changed during the period from the end of the twelfth century to the fifthteenth century, and in accordance with these changes the representation of Thomas Becket as a martyr also changed. I base my research on the analysis of the changes in the iconography of Canterbury pilgrim souvenirs, particularly, the representation of the scene of the Martyrdom, in comparison with the description of the Martyrdom in Becket's Vitae and in the Golden Legend.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building
3pm, Friday November 21st, 2014
The WIMS Friday afternoon seminar series provides a forum for scholars from the Centre for Medieval Studies to present works in progress. Contact Alex Bauer (a.bauer@mail.utoronto.ca) or Julia Warnes (julia.warnes@mail.utoronto.ca) for more information.


About JHI | Contact JHI | UofT | Follow us on Twitter twitter icon

Copyright © 2011-2014 University of Toronto. Jackman Humanities Institute. All Rights Reserved.
Tel: (416) 978-7415 Fax: (416) 946-7434, 170 St. George Street, Tenth Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5R 2M8