Thomas Becket Timeline

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  • c. 1118 - 1170
    Life of the Saint Thomas Becket.
  • 1146
    A young Thomas Becket assumes the role of clerk to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 1155
    Thomas Becket is appointed chancellor by Henry II of England.
  • 1162 - 1170
    Thomas Becket serves as Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 1164
    In the Constitutions of Clarendon Henry II of England sets out the primacy of Common Law.
  • Oct 1164 - Dec 1170
    Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, lives in exile in a monastery in France.
  • Oct 1164
    A meeting of nobles called by Henry II of England at Northampton rules that Thomas Becket is guilty of contempt of royal authority.
  • 29 Dec 1170
    Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 1173
    Thomas Becket is made a saint by the Pope.
  • 1174
    Henry II of England is obliged to perform penance for the murder of Thomas Becket.