St Thomas at the English College

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Thomas of Canterbury has very particular associations for the the Venerable English College in Rome, the Roman Catholic Seminary originally founded in the sixteenth century in the properties of the medieval pilgrim hospice. The archbishop came to have physical, spiritual and political associations with the institution as a result of his exile from England and royally sanctioned murder, so much so that the English and Welsh national church in the papal city is now dedicated to him. In the context of the Protestant Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Britain, students and exiled priests studying at the Roman college looked to Thomas’s example of resistance to secular interference which was reinforced by means of relics and depictions of Thomas in a highly charged pictorial scheme in the College church.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-203
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the British Archaeological Association
Issue number1
Early online date26 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Aug 2020


  • Thomas Becket
  • English College Rome
  • ecclesiastical immunities


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