Criticism of Henry II's expedition to Ireland in William of Canterbury's miracles of St Thomas Becket

  title={Criticism of Henry II's expedition to Ireland in William of Canterbury's miracles of St Thomas Becket},
  author={M. Bull},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  pages={107 - 129}
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  • Published 2007
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The long collection of miracles of St Thomas Becket written by William, a monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, between 1172 and c.1179 is, like many other examples of the genre, a rich source for attitudes towards sanctity, relics, and pilgrimage. A far more unusual feature of William's text is the author's criticism of the recent English presence in Ireland. William's comments on this score amount to a loaded stretching of the normal parameters of his textual medium, resulting in an evaluative… Expand
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