Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket
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  • Thomas Becket has now become Archbishop of Canterbury, since the old Archbishop had passed away. Since he was the bishop and chancellor, he was made Archbishop. Becket became very religious and was devoted to the job of Archbishop. 
  • In 1164, Henry introduced the Constitution of Claredon, which meant Henry had power over all courts, and the church has no power to any courts. Becket refused to sign the Constitution of Claredon, which led his to treason.
  • Constitution OF Claredon
  • Thomas Becket flees to France, after he refused to sign the Constitution of Claredon. Becket stayed in France for six years. The pope said that Henry needed to take Thomas Becket back to England, otherwise the Pope would ex-communicate Henry. 
  • When Thomas Becket returned to England after 6 years in France, he ex-communicated any Archbishop made when he was in France. Henry II was raged about this incident and thinks Becket is 'a pain on the neck'. Becket is the Archbishop of Canterbury again. 
  • Henry II was so angry at Becket. Four knights heard Henry and rode to Canterbury and murdered Becket, whilst he was praying in front of the altar. People say there is still the stain of blood on the marble in the shrine now. The knights were nicknamed, The Bear, Village of death, The sinner and The brute. 
  • "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest!"
  • After Thomas Becket died, he was made a saint, and Church of Canterbury was made a shrine fo him. Pilgrims journeyed to the holy place, prayed there, and won extra points to go to heaven. People made statues of the knights for people to spit on. Henry was remorseful, he walked barefoot from London to Canterbury, and was whipped by monks on the way.
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