Thomas Becket, Clairvaux, and Ringsted: Saintly Diversity and European Influences in a Twelfth-Century Fragmentary Legendary from Denmark


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This article examines a collection of saints’ lives from c. 1200, preserved as
fragments in the Danish National Archives and the Royal Library.1 Half of the fragments
transmit material related to Thomas Becket: Benedict of Peterborough’s miracles, John
of Salisbury’s vita, and an anonymous account of King Henry II’s penance in Canterbury.
The presence of the two latter works in Denmark, as well as that of some of the other
legends represented amongst the fragments, are identified and discussed here for the
first time. Based on the contents and provenance of the fragments, a link to Ringsted
abbey is suggested.