Concordia Theological Monthly

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thomas a becket, colet, erasmus

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Religious Pilgrimage describes the visit of Erasmus and Dean Colet to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket, "one of the most religious pilgrimages in the world." In the south porch of the church stand three stone statues of men In armor, who with wicked hands murdered the holy man, with the names of their countries -Tusci, Fusci, and Betri. They have the same honor done them that is done to Judas, Pilate, Caiaphas, and the band of wicked soldiers whose images you may see carved upon stately altars; and their names are added that no one after them might arrogate to himself the glory of the fact. They are set there in open sight to be a warning to wicked courtiers, that no one may hereafter presume to lay his hand on either bishops or the possession of the Church. For these three ruffians ran mad with horror of the act they had committed; nor had they come to themselves again had not holy Thomas been implored in favor of them. Iron grates enclose the place called the choir.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars