Name: Thomas a' Becket ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
Birth: ABT 1118 in of London, England
Death: 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England
_FA1: Made Archbishop by King Henry II in 1162.
_FA2: Sent by Theobald, Archbshp Canterbury, to study canon law at Bologna & Auxerre.
_FA3: Archdeacon of Canterbury 1154-62.
_FA4: Vigorous Chancellor under King Henry II, 1155-62.
_FA5: Organized campaign & fought in war with Toulouse (1159).
_FA6: After his acsension, became uncompromising defender of rights of the church.
_FA7: Defended such rights particularly against lay power, especially of the King.
_FA8: Refused to seal Constitutions of Clarendon, & fled to France, 1164.
_FA9: ABT 1170 Persuaded Pope Alexander III to suspend bishops who crowned Prince Henry.
_FA1: 1170 Forced King Henry II to reconcilation, refused absolution of the Bishops.
_FA1: Murdered by four overzealous knights of the Court.
_FA1: Canonized 1173. Shrine plundered by King Henry VIII in 1538.
Change Date: 13 AUG 2001|