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Thomas Becket, Saint
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(Dec 21, 1120 [?], London – Dec 29, 1170, Canterbury). After studying in Paris, Thomas, the son of a merchant, was accepted into the household of Archbishop Theobald of Canterbury, who named him archdeacon of Canterbury in 1154. In 1155 Henry II appointed him as his chancellor. Thomas was ambitious and lived lavishly but was considered highly talented and incorruptible. As Henry’s confidant, he carried out the king’s policies even against the interests of the church. That changed …

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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Luise, “Thomas Becket, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026047>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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