Murder In The Cathedral

  • Jan 1, 1118

    Becket's beginning

    Thomas Beckett was born in 1118 to Norman parents.
  • Oct 30, 1123

    Beckett in school.

    Thomas Beckett was educated at Merton priory and at a city grammar school.
  • Sep 27, 1139

    Passport to Fortune

    Becket was granted access intop the household of Theobald
  • Sep 1, 1154


    Thomas Becket was appointed Arche-Deacon of Canterbury
  • Jun 17, 1155


    Becket was pronounced the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Oct 30, 1155

    King Henry

    King Henry II was named Becket's Chancellor.
  • Oct 30, 1159

    Becket's Government

    Becket wanted something new withthe government so he began to transform it, and he became the formulator and executor of government policy.
  • May 19, 1162

    Henry taking over

    Henry obtained the appointment of Becket to the vacant archbishopric of Canterbury.
  • Jul 20, 1162

    Becket's Descision

    Thomas Becket decides that he would rather lay his royalties with God, instead of the King.
  • Oct 30, 1163


    King Henry wanted all misdemeanours to be tried and punished, and Becket did not agree.
  • Oct 30, 1163

    Cergy's King

    Becket believes the clergy should have no other king thanChrist Jesus and be subject to his law.
  • Jan 27, 1164

    Henry II takes over

    Henry II demands his bishops should accept 16 constitiutions which set out the relationship between the Church and the Crown of England.
  • Oct 30, 1164

    King Henry;s final straw

    King Henry decides he will now break his former friend; he accuses Becket of financial dishonesty.
  • Oct 30, 1164

    Becket's Sentence

    Becket was found guilty
  • Oct 30, 1164

    Becket's departure

    Becket storms out of the council and secretly takes a circuitous route and leaves the city.
  • Jan 9, 1169

    Kiss of peace

    King Henry refused to give Beckett the kiss of peace.
  • Jun 14, 1170

    Becket's Return

    Becket is prompted to return after Henry is crowned by the archbishop of York.
  • Jul 9, 1170


    Henry and Thomas meet in Fretval.
  • Dec 9, 1170

    The Return.

    Thomas was met with hostility by a gang of the kings men when returning to Canterbury.
  • Dec 29, 1170

    Beckett passes.

    Thomas accepted death at the angry peoples hands inside the Cathedral this night.