Becket Thomas à
Beck·et(bĕk′ĭt), Saint Thomas à 1118?-1170.
English Roman Catholic martyr. Chancellor to Henry II after 1154, he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury (1162) and fell into disfavor with the king. He was later embroiled in the controversy surrounding Henry's coronation of his son and was murdered by four knights in Canterbury Cathedral.
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