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London in the Age of Becket: The 12th century Thames

London in the Age of Becket: The 12th century Thames

Paper by Nathalie Cohen

Given at Thames Discovery Programme Foreshore Forum on December 7, 2019

Abstract: The year 2020 sees the 850th anniversary of the death of St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was famously murdered in the north transept of the Cathedral on the 29th December 1170 by knights loyal to the king, Henry II. Becket was born in Cheapside and raised in London, and this short talk will look at the city that Becket would have known during his lifetime, and its development into the 13th century, in the years after his martyrdom.

Nathalie Cohen is an archaeologist working for the National Trust. Click here to view her Academia.edu page or follow her on Twitter @Nathalie_Cohen

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Top Image: Pilgrim badge depicts the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket and was found River Thames. Photo courtesy The Portable Antiquities Scheme

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