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St. Thomas Becket
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Religious Figure
    (1118-December 29, 1170)
    Chancellor and later Archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry II
    He was just a priest when Henry made him Archbishop of Canterbury.
    He was promoted from priest to bishop to archbishop very quickly.
    He clashed with Henry II when his loyalty to the church conflicted with his duty to the king.
    He opposed Henry's efforts to extend English law to handle cases involving clergy (previously, the Church took care of all such cases).
    He went into exile in France and, while he was there, excommunicated two bishops who had supported King Henry.
    He was popular with the English people.
    When he returned from exile in 1170, he was greeted by cheering crowds.
    His return prompted Henry to ask 'Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?'
    He was murdered by four knights who had overheard Henry's outburst and hoped to gain favor with the king.
    His death shocked the public.
    Several miracles were reported at his tomb.
    He was canonized just three years after he died.

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