Title: Saint, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Dates: 1118 - 1170 () 

Thomas Becket had been a close adviser of King Henry II, eventually becoming Chancellor, but when he was elevated to the archbishopric of Canterbury in 1162 they came into conflict over royal and clerical privileges, culminating in Becket’s assassination by Henry’s knights in Canterbury Cathedral. He was canonized, however, shortly thereafter, and Henry did penance for his death. Some of his correspondence survives, collected by his hagiographers, who also detailed the miracles he inspired. For more information, see: