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29/12/1170 The Murder of Thomas Becket

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Today in History: “Troublesome priest” Thomas Becket, murdered (1170)

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29th December 1170: Thomas Becket murdered in Canterbury Cathedral

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England: Tales of Canterbury, Becket and Chaucer.

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the murder of Thomas Becket

Henry’s knights reached Canterbury Cathedral, where they found Becket. One of the knights approached him, and struck Becket on the shoulder with the flat of his sword. It seems that the knights did not at first intend to kill Becket, but as he stood firm after the first blow, the four attacked and butchered him.