History: Thomas Becket

Posted on Sun 02 June 2024 in history


Thomas Becket was archbishop of Canterbury in the twelfth century. Becket was England's highest ranking cleric when he became embroiled in a political controversy. The powerful king, Henry II, 1154- 1189, wanted the right to punish clergy in the royal court. However, Becket resisted claiming that only the church should have the right to punish clergy. Failing at compromise, the two officials struggled openly until Henry plead for someone to rid him of the archbishop. Four knights consented and assassinated Becket, resulting in a resolution to the controversy.