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This review is from: Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold (Hardcover)
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Thomas Becket is a character whose name is instantly recognisable, and forever linked with Henry II. His story is one of triumph, tragedy, war, victory and defeat, friendship, enmity and ultimately, murder and martyrdom. We've all heard of him, but in his book, 'Thomas Becket' John Guy attempts to delve under the 'facts', and allow us to see the 'real' Thomas, Henry, and the events that shaped their lives (and deaths). I LOVE books like this, not just naming names, and giving dates, but giving a glimpse into lives, loves, hatreds, friendships - and so making these historical lives and events REAL. If history in schools was taught like this, I for one would have paid much more attention! I have savoured this book, become submerged in it, and fascinated by it. I took my time reading it, and sometimes had to work a little to stay with the story, but was happy to do so. The denoument is of course, well known, and although I knew what was going to happen, I found myself wanting to change the course of events, so involved was I with the story. This for me is the sign of a great book. It's a total triumph, and one that I whole-heartedly recommend.