We temporarily patched up our quarrels in France in July 1170. Becket agreed to return to England to serve the king.
Henry stayed in France to look after his lands in Normandy.
He also asked the Pope to punish ME, the Archbishop of York.
I finally arrived in England in 1170, but within days I had broken my promise. I expelled all the bishops who had supported the king from the Church.
Some of us bishops went to France to tell Henry about Becket's deeds.
When I asked for advise, one of the bishops said: 'My lord, while Thomas lives, you will not have peace and quiet, nor see good days.'
I flew into one of my famous rages. Once I was seen rolling on the ground in my palace chewing rushes which covered the floor. Waving my arms, I had called out 'Are you all cowards? Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?' Four knights heard this.
We set sail across the Channel to England without telling him, and rode to Canterbury at top speed.
We were the king's servants.
We wanted to show our loyalty to Henry.
After I calmed down, I heard that the knights had gone. I guessed what they were going to do and sent messengers to stop them. But it was too late. The knights had killed Becket. I was devastated