The death of thomas becket is a well known event because of its unforeseen results henry ii’s rage undid his plans to assert his power resulting in his shame and his victim’s ascent into. On 29 december 1170, four knights of king henry ii stormed into canterbury cathedral and murdered the archbishop, thomas becket his death provoked widespread horror and outrage, soon followed by a popular cult and rumours of miracles. Thomas à becket's death shocked the whole of the christian world, and his tomb in canterbury became an immediate shrine he was canonized in 1173, and in the following year henry was forced by the weight of public revulsion to do penance at the saint's tomb. The death of thomas becket, archbishop of canterbury 29th december 1170 within canterbury cathedral are two very special sites, the side chapel where becket was killed and the space behind the high altar where his tomb once stood. Thomas becket was born in around 1120, the son of a prosperous london merchant he was well educated and quickly became an agent to theobald, archbishop of canterbury, who sent him on several.
Thomas becket, a london merchant’s son, was a complex person – in his youth he was a normal ebullient young man, stormy and proud, selfish and arrogant, vain, and anxious to please, but in later life, became one of the most pious and devout archbishops of the 12th century. A timeline of the life of thomas becket, archbishop of canterbury who was murdered in canterbury cathedral and became a saint this timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in english history for the years 1160 - 1169 the monarch for this period was henry ii 1160 (2nd november) prince henry was formally betrothed to. Archbishop thomas becket is brutally murdered in canterbury cathedral by four knights of king henry ii of england, apparently on orders of the king. Thomas becket, archbishop of canterbury, was killed in december 1170 becket’s death remains one of the most famous stories associated with medieval england in medieval england the church was all powerful.
The cathedral is often described as 'england in stone' as its history is intrinsically linked to england's history from archbishop langton's role in the magna carta negotiations to the power struggle between king henry ii and archbishop thomas becket, canterbury cathedral's history is as rich as it comes. Canterbury cathedral: st thomas becket, canterbury england about canterbury cathedral: canterbury has a catholic history dating back to the time of saint augustine in the late 6th century saint augustine was the first bishop of canterbury and began building the cathedral there shortly thereafter. The number of pilgrims who visited canterbury cathedral after becket’s death, unsurprisingly, increased greatly 50 years after his death, becket’s remains were moved to a shrine in trinity.
Thomas becket's elbow to return to site of his murder in canterbury bone fragment travels from hungary to uk cathedral where he died, as catholic and anglican church celebrate famous priest. A sword's crushing blow extinguished the life of thomas becket, archbishop of canterbury, on a cold december evening as he struggled on the steps of his altar the brutal event sent a tremor through medieval europe public opinion of the time and subsequent history have laid the blame for the murder. Canterbury, because of its religious history, had always seen a large number of pilgrims however, after the death of thomas becket, the number of pilgrims visiting the town grew rapidly diagram of canterbury cathedral. St thomas becket: saint thomas becket, chancellor of england and archbishop of canterbury during the reign of king henry ii his career was marked by a long quarrel with henry that ended with becket’s murder in canterbury cathedral learn more about his life, career, and martyrdom. Becket was born about 1119, or in 1120 according to later tradition he was born in cheapside, london, on 21 december, which was the feast day of st thomas the apostlehe was the son of gilbert beket and gilbert's wife matilda gilbert's father was from thierville in the lordship of brionne in normandy, and was either a small landowner or a petty knight.
This entry was posted in events and tagged canterbury cathedral, centre for medieval and early modern studies, emily guerry, gothic, lecture, medieval history, paul binski, saints, thomas becket by tpk. The origins of canterbury cathedral go back to 597ad when augustine, 1,400 years of history thomas becket canterbury’s role as one of the world’s most important pilgrimage centres in europe is inextricably linked to the murder of its most famous archbishop, thomas becket, in 1170. Thomas becket was on his way to evening prayer when the knights caught up and mercilessly stabbed him to death the news of the murder spread in europe and soon began to see him as a martyr just over two years after becket's death, he was canonized in 1173 and his shrine in canterbury cathedral became famous place of pilgrimage. Thomas becket was born in normandy his parents were quite rich and gave thomas a good education after completing his education he gained a position with theobald, the archbishop of canterbury in 1154 he was introduced to the newly crowned king, henry ii and they became good friends henry wanted. Thomas becket, the only son of gilbert becket, a wealthy norman merchant living in london, and his wife matilda, was born on 21st december, 1120 four daughters of the marriage also survived into adulthood.
Canterbury cathedral in canterbury, kent, is one of the oldest and most famous christian structures in england it forms part of a world heritage site it is the cathedral of the archbishop of canterbury , currently justin welby , leader of the church of england and symbolic leader of the worldwide anglican communion. Subsequent canonised by pope alexander iii the king made public penance at canterbury cathedral born: december 21, 1117 53) cause of death: assassination historical events in the life of thomas becket 1173-02-21 pope alexander iii canonizes thomas becket, archbishop of canterbury share on facebook share most accurate site for. Geoffrey chaucer's the canterbury tales is set in a company of pilgrims on their way from southwark to the shrine of st thomas becket in canterbury cathedral the story of becket's life became a popular theme for the medieval nottingham alabaster carvers.
Thomas becket was born to norman parents in cheapside, london, where his father was a merchant and property owner tradition puts the date at december 21, 1120 the young becket was given a. Archbishop of canterbury, thomas becket, was murdered on the 29th december, 1170henry ii had supposedly lost his temper and yelled something along.