St. Thomas à Becket

St. Thomas à Becket

St. Thomas à Becket (1118-1170).  Born in London, he was made Chancellor of England and also rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury where he fell foul of King Henry II over his efforts to defend the rights of the Church.  Exiled to France for six years, on his return to England, he again had to bear many trials, and after the king dropped heavy hints about what should happen to him, he was murdered by the king’s followers.

Picture: 14th-century depiction of Becket with King Henry II

 

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