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Murder in the Cathedral

After 1164, the previously intense relationship between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket deteriorated beyond recovery.  Frequently, when former friends fall out, arguments are bitter and very personal and so it was with Henry and Thomas.  The King demanded money, which he claimed was owed to him from Becket’s term as Chancellor of England.

Saint Thomas Becket and Canterbury Cathedral

The history of Canterbury Cathedral, one of the world’s great religious centres, is linked inextricably with the life, murder and canonisation of Archbishop Thomas Becket.  Without the shrine, the flow of pilgrims and the commensurate wealth, Canterbury might well have become just another cathedral. Literature and films have celebrated and dramatised the conflict between Thomas