Murder of Thomas a Becket subject of medieval Spanish paintings

An important link between the joined histories of England and Spain remains covered by wooden panels in a ruined church in Soria, Spain. The panels depict the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, an act that sat heavily on the shoulders of king Henry II of England. (photo)

The paintings, which were originally commissioned by Henry's daughter, Eleanor of England who married the Spanish King Alfonso VIII, were recently rediscovered in excellent condition behind wooden panels in the ruined church of St Nicolas. They have been re-covered to protect them while experts determine their fate.