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    The Canterbury Cathedral

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    The Canterbury Cathedral For at least fourteen hundred years the worship of God has been offered on the site of this Cathedral, and through the prayers of the Church his power and grace have shaped human lives. Ever since the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in the Cathedral in 1170, Canterbury has attracted thousands of pilgrims. This tradition continues to this day, and a large team of Welcomers, Guides, Cathedral Assistants and Chaplains are there to give all visitors a warm welcome

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    The Canterbury Cathedral was built first in 597AD by St. Augustine. He was sent from Rome as a missionary to introduce the bible in England where his mission was complete when he baptized the local Saxon king, Ethelbert into Christianity. By 602AD St. Augustine was then given a seat as the first Archbishop of a Church at Canterbury which had been a place of worship during Roman occupation of Brittan rehallowed by the missionary saint. This was a momentous event in the timeline of the Canterbury

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    The Effect of the Normans on Canterbury Cathedral up to 1165 AD Once Wayne had won the battle of Hastings he travelled east burning Romney and Dover. Canterbury had heard of what William had done to the other places he came across that put up a resistance to him so Canterbury sent William a deputation, William of courses accepted the offer because of Canterbury being the centre of England's religion, and the pope would probably not have liked the idea of backing anti-Christian behaviour

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    Honor versus Friendship in Becket

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    in cold hatred.  Because he will not give in to his demands Henry has Becket executed in Canterbury Cathedral.  Becket had been Henry's friend and loyal supporter until he became Archbishop of Canterbury.  At that point, he was determined his first loyalty was due God and not Henry even though he had supported Henry against the church previously.  Becket fled to France in exile before returning to Canterbury where Henry had four barons murder him.  It was a decision which Henry would regret and pay

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    of London 2,422,181 National History Museum, London 1,739,591 Legoland, Windsor 1,620,000 Chessington World of Adventure, Surrey 1,550,000 Science Museum, London 1,480,000 Royal Academy, London 1,390,000 Canterbury Cathedral 1,350,000 Windsor Castle, Berkshire 1,280,000 Top 10 UKattractions not charging admission Attraction Visitor Numbers Blackpool Pleasure Beach 6,200,00 Tate Modern, London 4,618,632 British Museum, London

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    Was Thomas Becket martyred for his faith or did he choose “martyrdom” for his own glory? I believe it was the latter – Thomas, for his own glory and honor, chose to be “martyred”. The first three Tempters are easily dismissed by Thomas, who knows that all they offer are fleeting pleasures and temporal power. However, the Fourth Tempter challenges Thomas on a much different level than the other tempters. The Tempter introduces himself “You know me, but have never seen my face. To meet before was

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    Analysis of Murder in the Cathedral

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    Murder in the Cathedral is a two-part, verse drama, tragedy play written in 1935 by Thomas Stearns Eliot, also known by his pen name as T. S. Eliot. It joined many similar writings in the year of 1170 when Archbishop Thomas á Becket was assassinated in the cathedral at Canterbury by four knights ordered by King Henry II following Becket’s rejection of the King’s new marriage (Trudeau 2). Eliot’s most famous works including The Waste Land (1922) and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915) were

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    became archdeacon of Canterbury. These traits impressed King Henry II, who appointed Becket chancellor of England. Becket immediately began to use his skills in the service of the king by becoming Henry’s trusted advisor. He made the kings power stronger throughout the land by controlling the King's secretariat, raising money for the King's wars, accompanying the King's armies, and conducting diplomatic negotiations. In this work, the two became close friends. When the Canterbury archbishop Theobald

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    people were told that only the Catholic Church could save your soul so that you could go to Heaven. The head of the Catholic Church was the pope based in Rome. The most important position in the church in Medieval England was the Archbishop of Canterbury and both he and the king usually worked together. A king of England could not remove a pope from his position but popes claimed that they could remove a king by excommunicating him - this meant that the king’s soul was condemned to Hell and people

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    Chaucer

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    Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales embodies Middle Age ideas while incorporating his own values. He conveys these ideas and values by creating stories for twenty nine different men and women taking the religious pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral. These characters include immoral clergymen, poor, yet virtuous farmers, an honorable knight and more. Chaucer’s value of honesty, humility, and hard work juxtaposes Middle age ideas such as religion, wealth and hierarchy. Religion plays an important

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    Defining Martyrdom

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    Online or TAMO (1576 edition) (HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011). Available from: http//www.johnfoxe.org [Accessed: 01.03.11]. McLetchie, Scott. "The Chronicle of "Benedict of Peterborough": The Murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 29 December 1170." Fordham.edu. Internet Medieval Source Book, Aug. 1998. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. . Secondary Sources Earnest, David C. "Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome State? Social Inequality and the New Social Contract." Department of

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    The Canterbury Tales

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    The Canterbury Tales “The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales” were told during a pilgrimage journey from London to the shrine of the martyr St. Thomas a Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This was approximately 70 miles to the southeast. These Tales were told by a group of 29 pilgrims, and a Host who met up with them at the Tabard Inn. They left the Inn on the morning of April, 11. The Nun’s Priest Tale was the first story actually told, this was determined by whoever drew the shortest straw

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    More Than Mere Trifles

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    During the Middle Ages, the English church’s suggestions were spoken by God’s own voice. The Church encouraged pilgrimages to various holy places, or shrines, to search for spiritual enlightenment and penitence from sin. This ideology says that if one were to pray at a shrine, one could be forgiven of one’s sins, thus increasing the chance of going to Heaven after an earthly death. Those suffering from a plethora of aliments and other illnesses might also make a pilgrimage in the hope of being healed

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    The Squire in The Caterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer In the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales, the narrator, Geoffrey Chaucer, meets twenty nine pilgrims at the Southwark at the Tabard Inn. They are all going to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the shrine of Sir Thomas Becket. Chaucer decides to tag along, taking some time to describe each pilgrim. The author uses many metaphors, personal histories, and examples of how they would act in certain situations to fully describe the characters

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    The cathedral of Notre-Dame at Chartres must be one of the most beautiful and famous architectural specimens in the world today. The cathedral owns an exquisite silhouette against the sky of La Beauce. Two towers rise uncontested, to take watch over miles and miles of French countryside. Up close, the two towers, along with their spires, seem mismatched or unrelated. Yet, the two together provide for one of the most interesting juxtapositions in architecture. €Chartres cathedral has had

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    Cathedral

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    remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral," the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife’s friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique “blindness." It is through this initial blindness, that the character gains his greatest vision. The short story “Cathedral'; includes three characters. These characters include the narrator, his wife, and her blind

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    Exploring Basilicas and Churches in Rome

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    Exploring Basilicas and Churches in Rome Rome is the home of one of the largest cathedrals in the world, St. Peter's; however, it is also the home of many other beautiful churches and basilicas. Some of these include basilicas such as: Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Giovanni in Lateran, and St. Peter in Chains and churches like St. Peter Outside the Walls and San Giuseppe del Falegnami/ Mamertine Prison. These churches and basilicas through their history, art, architecture, and relics or tombs of

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    Pre-Industrial Visual Cultures; to 1789

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    middle ages changed with the attitudes of the people. Over time, the Virtues were represented so plainly that they could be distinguished only by name, and again so ridiculously convoluted that again interpretation was difficult. In fifteenth-century cathedrals the virtues bore nothing more than a shield with emblem (1) . At roughly the same time they were also being illustrated as everyday characterizations, for example: Prudence was depicted as a woman sitting in a chair, with book in hand being read

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    Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

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    for the increased presence in architectural monuments and during the Romanesque and Gothic periods, a great cathedral construction boom occurred across Europe. The Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles were distinctive in not only the massiveness of the Romanesque monuments and the introduction of the cruciform plan but also for the introduction of the Gothic era art within the Cathedrals which included the inclusion of art the radiating Rose Window, column figures and the gargoyle among many

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    Quest For Certainty

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    on, Thomas would spend some of his time living with his grandparents in New York and he would travel part-time with his father to France. Merton had a fascination with the numerous cathedrals in France. Although he knew nothing about the monastic vocations or religious rules connected to the pictures in the cathedrals, hi...

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