Sunday, December 19, 2010

Question from Nancy - Thomas Becket in Tudor times

Why is Thomas Becket sometimes called Thomas a Becket? Is that how people referred to him in Tudor times?


Robin said...

I believe "à" means "of" so it would mean "Thomas of Becket" but according to Wikipedia, he was not called this during his lifetime and it only came about in post-reformation so it's possible sometime during Tudor times he was called this.

Anonymous said...

It tends to be something from the 19th century onwards. They like to still in little flourishes now and then.

Frank Miller said...

I believe this version of his name was created while he lived in France. It is simply a French version of Thomas Becket.