Thomas Becket biography to Viking

<p>Viking has bought the rights to Whitbread award-winning historian, John Guy&#39;s new book, a biography of Thomas Becket. </p><p>Viking publisher, Venetia Butterfield, bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Peter Robinson of Robinson Literary Agency.<br /><br />The as-yet-untitled book, which will be published in spring 2012, will look at Becket&#39;s life as a whole up until his murder in Canterbury Cathedral.<br /><br />Butterfield said: &quot;At Viking, where powerful storytelling is at the centre of all our publishing, the opportunity to work with a historian of John Guy&rsquo;s proven talent, one who has been praised by the likes of Lisa Jardine for his &lsquo;stop-the-reader-dead-in-their-tracks gripping storytelling&rsquo;, is a true delight.&quot;<br /><br />Guy has previously written <em>My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots</em> (4th Estate), which won the 2004 Whitbread Biography and the Marsh Biography Award. Guy also wrote <em>Tudor England </em>(Oxford Paperbacks), <em>The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction</em> (Oxford Paperbacks) and <em>A Daughter&#39;s Love: Thomas and Margaret More</em> (4th Estate).</p>