Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 1601, f.2v. Matfré Ermengau, Breviari d’amor. 14th century.
Note the hand of God at top left.
St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
For its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (church of gold).
you actually walk in and your jaw drops
The gruesome death of Thomas Becket
One of more graphic depictions of this moment. Three of the four knights attack the archbishop, who is kneeling in prayer before the altar. One of the knights kicks Thomas to the floor, and sends his miter flying as his sword cracks open Thomas’s head.
Edward Grim, who was himself wounded in the attack, wrote down what, according to his account, are the last words of Thomas:
‘For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death.’