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December 29, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 29 December

On the 29th of December –

Thomas Becket is murdered; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen assumes power in China; Shelley marries Mary Wollstonecraft.

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own Cathedral in 1170 – mainly for political reasons it seems. ‘Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?’ were the alleged words fromHenry the Young King, which prompted a number of knights to execute Thomas. Getting yourself killed in the line of duty is always a good career move towards sainthood, and Thomas was duly sanctified by both the Roman and the Anglican church.
The Murder of Thomas Becket, in John of Salisbury's 'Life of Becket'
Totenfeier für den heiligen Thomas Becket von Canterbury
A 1495 ‘life of St. Thomas’:
Vita & processus Sancti Thome cantuarensis martyris super libertate ecclesiastica ([Reprod.])

In 1911 Sun Yat-Sen assumes power in China. He formally gets inaugurated on the 1st of January 1912.
Dr Sun-Yat-Sen : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]
Dr. Sun Yat sen (eerste rij vijfde van links) gekozen te Nanking 1-1-1912 tot President

British ueber-romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley marries Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Dr. Frankesntein. Nowadays more people read and know about Frankenstein than any of Shelleys works. That just goes to show: if you want to live forever, write ghoulish stories, not romatic poetry.
List grafický, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Europeana has a French translation of Frankenstein – come on British Library/ies, give us the original!

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