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A painting of Becket’s murder by a fifteenth century German artist.  Starter Study the source on your desk and discuss the questions that accompany it. How similar or different is the written source from this picture and why?.  Key words: excommunicate archbishop.

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A painting of Becket’s murder by a fifteenth century German artist

 Starter

Study the source on your desk and discuss the questions that accompany it.

How similar or different is the written source from this picture and why?


Why did henry becket fall out

German artistKey words: excommunicate archbishop

Why did Henry & Becket fall out?

TBAT explain the reasons why H & B fell out & to assess who was to blame

LOs


Your task
 Your task German artist

It is two nearly two hundred years since the Norman Conquest. Henry II is now King of England. Read about his turbulent relationship with his friend the archbishop Thomas Becket on p.102-3 (Wilkes) and note down:

Reasons why the two were friends

Reasons why they fell out

Write a ‘Tweet’ summarising the story of their relationship


Reasons they were friends
Reasons they were friends German artist

Enjoyed each other’s company – hunted, got drunk, chased women together!

Henry trusted Becket – made him Chancellor & Archbishop


Why they fell out
Why they fell out German artist

Henry was bad-tempered – threw off his clothes & ate straw

Henry misunderstood Becket – changed character when he became archbishop

Becket didn’t want to help Henry make changes to church courts

Becket excommunicated Henry’s friends!


Your task1
 Your task German artist

  • Imagine you are Henry II. Write an email to Becket trying to explain why you are so angry with him. Refer to the following points:

    • Why you trusted Becket

    • Special jobs you gave him

    • Changes to the Church you wanted help with

    • Excommunication of friends

  • Explain why it was important to make changes to the Church for Henry & the country


Starter sentences
Starter sentences German artist

Dear Thomas,

I hope you are well. I’d just like to explain why I am disappointed with you.

One reason is that …

A second reason is …

In addition, you…

Finally, you…

In conclusion, I’d like to say that I am making these changes because …


Your task2
 Your task German artist

Email your letter to the person next to you. Assess your partners work.

Imagine you are now Beckett. Email back explaining your actions. You may wish to explain yourself by referring to the same 4 points again, but from your point of view!

Explain why it is important that you don’t do anything to weaken the power of the Church!


Print out your two ‘emails’ and stick them in your book. German artist

Below you email write a short judgement on who you think was more to blame for the break down in Henry and Becket’s friendship

 What could have been done to save Henry and Becket’s friendship?


Who should we blame for becket s murder

German artistKey words: excommunicate archbishop

Who should we blame for Becket’s murder?

TBAT explain the reasons why H & B fell out & to assess who was to blame

LOs

 Plenary


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