St. Thomas Becket Biography

Archbishop, Saint (1118–1170)
St. Thomas Becket, England's archbishop of Canterbury, refused to give King Henry II power over the Church. He was murdered in 1170 and became a saint in 1173.


St. Thomas Becket, born in London, England, on December 21, 1118, was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 by King Henry II’s knights. The king had ordered his murder for refusing to give the monarchy power over the church. Becket’s death made him into a martyr to followers of the Catholic Church, and Pope Alexander canonized him in 1173.


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