Book of Hours for Sarum Use
Belgium, Bruges, 1460–70
The Martyrdom of Saint Thomas à
lavish Book of Hours was made in Bruges for the English wool merchant
John Browne and his wife Agnes. This miniature depicts knights of
King Henry II murdering the English archbishop Thomas à Becket.
The text accompanying the miniature was crossed out on the order
of King Henry VIII of England, who officially banned devotion to
Becket in 1538.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener
3, fol. 19v
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