Thomas Becket

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket Full Name: Thomas Becket


Profession: Archbishop of Canterbury
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?' Subsequent canonised by Pope Alexander III. The king made public penance at Canterbury Cathedral.

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

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

Historical Events in the Life of Thomas Becket

  • 1170-12-29 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; subsequently martryed
  • 1173-02-21 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

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