Canterbury tales - became Archbishop. At this time Becket...

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Tran 1 Vincent Tran Mrs. Hori Honors English 10, Period 7 3 February 2010 The Life of Becket Thomas Becket, also known as Thomas a Becket, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170. He is venerated a saint and martyr by the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican community. He engaged in conflict with King Henry II of England over the powers the church and state. He proved to be a nuisance to the king, and the king had him assassinated. Thomas was raised to behave like a gentleman, he often visited the home of his rich family friend, Richer de L’Aigle. He caught the attention of Theobald the Archbishop and was recommended as chancellor to King Henry II. Henry wanted to control the Church and State, and Becket enforced his laws causing him to be hated. In 1162 after the death of Theobald, Becket
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Unformatted text preview: became Archbishop. At this time Becket became an ascetic and sustained from all luxuries. A rift was created Becket and the King, and Becket resigned from chancellor. The king wanted to pass sixteen constitutions which would seek less clerical independence and weaken connections with Rome, but Becket refused to sign. Becket was finally executed by four knights sent from the King. It is said that after the death of Becket, people found clothes stained with his blood. His blood started healing those ailing with leprosy and other diseases. Beckets body was moved into a shrine and villagers would take pilgrimages and seek his holy powers. Tran 2...
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