Thomas Becket

Middle Ages Stereotypes

Thomas Becket was born in around 1120, the son of a prosperous London merchant.
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Becket's talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends.
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Becket fled into exile in France, and remained in exile for several years. He returned in 1170.
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Becket was made a saint in 1173 and his shrine in Canterbury Cathedral became an important focus for pilgrimage.
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Becket was made a saint in 1173 and his shrine in Canterbury Cathedral became an important focus for pilgrimage.
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In 1153 Thomas acted as justice itinerant in three counties.
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In the military operations Thomas took a leading part, and Garnier, a French chronicler, who lived to write of the virtues of St. Thomas and his martydorm, declares that in these encounters he saw himunhorse many French knights.
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Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was killed in December 1170. Becket's death remains one of the most famous stories associated with Medieval England.
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Becket's big break came in 1154, when Theobold introduced him to the newly crowned King, Henry II.