Canterbury – T.S. Eliot 1

Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot’s play about the death of Thomas Becket, was first performed in Canterbury Cathedral in 1935.

Thomas Becket, who was Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in the cathedral, in December 1170, by knights who supported King Henry II. A dramatic sculpture with two swords now hangs over the spot where the murder happened.

Since we visited the cathedral another sculpture has been hung above the tomb of Becket. Famed sculptor, Anthony Gormley, has used old iron nails from the roof of the cathedral, to create a 2m high human body.

Becket Altar Canterbury Cathedral

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