16 November 2012
Critically acclaimed British historian and broadcaster Dr John Guy will be giving this year's Annual Thomas Becket Lecture.
Dr Guy has sold hundreds of thousands of books and is recognised as one of Britain’s most exciting historians for the way he brings the past to life with his scholarly and accessible re-telling of history.
The lecture, on Thursday 29 November, will see Dr Guy discuss his new book, ‘Thomas Becket: warrior, priest, rebel, victim a 900 year old story retold’. In the book Dr Guy draws on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters and first-hand accounts to build a psychologically gripping account of this iconic man, the turbulent times in which he lived and the pivotal role he played in the nation's history.
Dr Louise Wilkinson, Reader in Medieval History for the Department of History and American Studies, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr John Guy, a renowned historian, broadcaster and fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge, as the speaker for our seventh Annual Thomas Becket Lecture.
“Many people will already be familiar with Dr Guy’s books on the early modern period, most notably 'My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots and Tudor England', which has sold more than 250,000 copies.
“We look forward to learning about his impressions of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury whose martyrdom took place in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170, uncovering the man behind the enigma and what it was that set Henry II's formerly loyal Chancellor on course to clash with the King after his appointment as Archbishop.”
The Annual Thomas Becket Lecture takes place on Thursday 29 November, 6pm, in Augustine Hall, Augustine House. It is free and open to all. No reservation is needed. For further details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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