This link is to the British Museum blog post about ‘the murder that shook the Middle Ages: that of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in his own Cathedral. In this period of Brexit and withdrawal from Europe, it is as well for us all to realise that:
In death Becket remained a figure of opposition to unbridled power and became seen as the quintessential defender of the rights of the Church. To this end you can find images of his murder in churches across Latin Christendom, from Germany and Spain, to Italy and Norway. Becket was, and remains, a truly European saint.
By no means was Thomas simply an anti-establishment English hero. Let us pray for the grace to discern when to support and when to oppose or challenge authority.
The British Museum will be holding a major exhibition about Becket and his world in the Autumn of 2020.
From 1170 to 1220, Saint Thomas’s remains lay in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral.