The Library of Saint Thomas Becket
The Library of Saint Thomas Becket Collection
Lecture by Fellow Christopher de Hamel
Archbishop Thomas Becket, martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, was among the earliest private book collectors in English history. The richly-illustrated lecture looks at the manuscripts he owned and what happened to them, and it concludes with the unexpected and recent discovery of Becket's Psalter, which was kept on his shrine in the Cathedral throughout the Middle Ages.
See the digitised version of the psalter via the Parker Library (Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University) website.
Visit the British Museum (Room 40, medieval Europe) to look for the Society's 'Becket Casket'. Becket reliquaries are numerious, but this object is a rare example of a reliquary that depicts all four of the Saint's murderers!
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We are now offering public tours of our Burlington House apartments. Tours are £10 per person, and visitors can enjoy a guided tour (1.5 hrs) of our apartments with collection highlights, led by Fellow Anthony Davis, a registered Westminster Guide. Booking required (as space is limited).