On 29 December 1170, four knights murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket inside Canterbury Cathedral. News of this sacrilegious violence spread quickly and, in a matter of months, this merchant’s son from Cheapside had transformed into one of the most famous martyrs in medieval Europe. The year 2020 marks the 850th anniversary of Becket's martyrdom and the 800th anniversary of the translation of his body into a shrine at Canterbury Cathedral. From 11–14 November 2020, scholars will co-host an interdisciplinary conference to commemorate and re-examine Becket's extraordinary legacy.
Dr Emily Guerry, University of Kent
Professor Louise Wilkinson, Canterbury Christ Church University
This conference will take place at the Canterbury Cathedral and registration will open in 2020. A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
Organised in partnership with Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent
Image: Pilgrims travel to Canterbury, window nV.7. (c. 1180s) © Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral