Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel by John Guy, Random House.
The Jean Anouilh play Becket pretty much confirms the power of art on an unsuspecting public. Think Henry II and the reasonably educated person will get an image of King Peter O’Toole and his one time drinking buddy Richard Burton. While Peter is always an engaging sort of rogue, Richard does really have the power of right on his side. He being a saint and all.
So basically the fix has been in since 1959. Probably time enough for another look-see. To that end, Mr. Guy’s book gives us a more historically accurate but just as entertaining a rendering of reality.