Monday, 28 September 2015

The Legend of Becket's Mother as the Daughter of a Saracen Emir



Baptism of Becket's Mother
Marriage of Gilbert Becket and Becket's Mother
Birth of Thomas Becket

Emir is the Islamic equivalent of a Prince or Grand Duke.
Emir - Wikipedia
Saracen - Wikipedia

Giles reprinted in his second volume the legend of Thomas Becket's ‘Saracen’ mother. This legend occurs, in almost exactly the same words, in some late manuscripts of the life by Grim (from one of which it is printed in Robertson's Materials, vol. ii.), in the chronicle known as John Bromton's (Twysden's Decem Scriptores, cols. 1052–5), and in British Library Harleian MS. 978, of which Mr. C. L. Kingsford has given a full account in the introduction to his edition of the Song of Lewes (Clarendon Press Ser. 1890).'



References

Thomas Keightley (1841). The History of England: In two volumes. Longman. pp. 103–.

James Craigie Robertson (1859). Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Chapter II Early Life. pp. 10–.

Henry Hart Milman (1860). Life of Thomas à Becket. Sheldon & company. pp. 9–.

Sketches and Anecdotes Illustrative of Female Character. Russell, Odiorne & Company. 1833. pp. 189–.

(Patrologia Latina Tomus 190 Col 0346B) CAPITULUM II. DE ORTU MIRABILI BEATI THOMAE.
Edward Grim





Michael Staunton (2001). The Lives of Thomas Becket. Manchester University Press. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-0-7190-5455-6.






Simon (Dunelmensis); Roger Twysden (1652). Historiae Anglicanae scriptores decem. Johannis Bromton 1052-5: Bee




Henry Hart Milman (1860). Life of Thomas à Becket. Sheldon & company. pp. 9–.

Helen Deeming; Elizabeth Eva Leach (28 May 2015). Manuscripts and Medieval Song. BL Harley 978: Cambridge University Press. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-1-107-06263-4.


The Song of Lewes by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford
https://archive.org/stream/songlewes00richgoog#page/n11/mode/1up


Mills, R; (2012) Translation, Conversion and Becket's 'Heathen' Mother. In: Blurton, H and Wogan-Browne, J, (eds.)Rethinking the South English Legendaries. (pp. 381-402). Manchester University Press: Manchester.


Thomas Warton (1774). The History of English Poetry: From the Close of the Eleventh Century to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century. Printed for, and sold by J. Dodsley. pp. 17–.

Minstrelsy (1827). Minstrelsy: ancient and modern, with an historical intr. and notes, by W. Motherwell. pp. 15–.

 

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