The murdering of st Thomas A Becket

The holy man st Thomas A Becket

St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered at a little after 4pm on December 29th 1170, four Norman knights. They were responding to an outburst against Becket, by King Henry 2nd, “What Miserable drones and traitors have I nourished…who allow their lord to be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric.” His murder sparked off one of the greatest saint-hero cults of the Middle Ages and turned the unappealingly arrogant, haughty and self-centred Becket into a posthumous international icon. Within three years the dead arch-bishop had been canonised and the shrine of St Thomas at Canterbury soon became one of the Christian world’s greatest places of pilgrimage, and countless miracles were said to have taken place there.