When Thomas Becket in 1170 exasperated his opponents to such an extent that they killed him, it was only natural that all sorts of writers should at once seize upon this sensational topic.
The first biographies appeared in Latin, but the vernacular works came out almost as soon. The earliest non-Latin life of Thomas Becket that we have today is that written in French verse by Garnier of Pont-Sainte-Maxence, here offered in translation. It was completed between 1173 and 1175.
Garnier was a profes.......