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Thomas Becket’s story in Anento (Zaragoza)

If you are teaching the MECD-British Council integrated curriculum, you know how interesting can be using elements to make a strong British-Spanish connection for your students. Some are well known, like the story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, but some are not. The altarpiece of the small village of Anento in Zaragoza province, Aragon, has one of these less known connections. It is a gothic masterpiece painted by Blasco de Grañén in the 15th century which shows three stories about our Lady of Mercy, Saint Blaise and Saint Thomas Becket. Yes, Thomas Becket, the saint of Canterbury appears here and this is because his murder was a prefiguration of the problems the archbishops of Zaragoza faced at the beginning of the 15th century, a time of political instability in the Crown of Aragon. If you want to know more about this beautiful altarpiece, you can read this book, in Spanish, M.C. Lacarra, Retablo de San Blas, de la Virgen de la Misericordia y de Santo Tomás Becket de la iglesia parroquial de Anento (Zaragoza).

The whole story of Saint Thomas Becket

The whole story of Saint Thomas Becket

Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury

Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.

Women of the last centuries

If you are a Social Science teacher, maybe you want to introduce the study of the last three centurias of History focusing on the people. Then, you can use this powerpoint presentation that includes the portraits of four different women.

Women of the 19th century

Find the presentation here: Women of the Contemporary Era for Aragonbilingue

Analysis of Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix

This slide show analyses the key work of art about the 1830 Revolution in France. This painting by Eugene Delacroix is almost a universal symbol of freedom but not only this.

Liberty Leading the People is in the public domain in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or fewer.