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9 October 2010

See Copnall's Thomas Beckett sculpture

Thomas Becket was born in Cheapside in the 12th century, and rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until he was brutally murdered in 1170 by three knights, following a dispute with the nobility and elements of the Norman royal family. Becket was subsequently canonised by Pope Alexander and is venerated as a saint and martyr in the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

A sculpture in the gardens beside St Paul's cathedral captures and freezes the final moments of Thomas Becket, as he was murdered at Canterbury in 1170. The sculpture was created by Edward Bainbridge Copnall, and acquired by the Corporation of London in 1973.

For more on Becket see here and for more on Copnall see here.

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