Thomas Becket

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket

Profession: Archbishop of Canterbury

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Commoner made good, he was appointed as Archbishop by King Henry II; they argued over Church privileges, and Becket was killed by four knights who took the king at his words "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?"

Subsequently canonized by Pope Alexander III. The king made public penance at Canterbury Cathedral.

Born: December 21, 1117
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: December 29, 1170 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Events in the Life of Thomas Becket

  • 1173-02-21 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

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