St Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (Biographical details)
St Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (cleric/religious official; saint/martyr; British; Male; 1118 - 1170)
Also known as
St Thomas à Becket; Becket, Thomas
Christian saint, archbishop of Canterbury (from 1162) and martyr; son of a London merchant; friend and Chancellor (1155-1162) of Henry II (q.v.), he opposed the king's 'encroachment' upon the powers of the Church; assassinated by four knights within the cathedral.