THE CHURCH. The Problem with Thomas Becket. The Church. Stephen had granted concessions to the Church, which had weakened the position of the monarch The church was important to the monarch: it held land of the King and was an important player in the feudal system in England
The Problem with Thomas Becket
Stephen had granted concessions to the Church, which had weakened the position of the monarch
Becket was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162
Since the time of Pope Gregory VII, the independence of the Church had been growing.
Henry began to address these concerns in 1163.
This put key aspects of church-state relations in writing
Becket wavered over Clarendon
he went all out to destroy Becket.
He fled to France
The English bishops wrote to him threatening to withdraw their support.
In 1170 Henry, who had been very ill, had his son crowned by the Archbishop of York.
Henry tried to reach a compromise
“will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?”
They demanded that Becket pardon the men he had excommunicated
He was hacked
To death with
Was shocked by
The pope canonized Becket & his shrine in
Canterbury became the most important place for pilgrims to go
Henry seemed to lose little as a result of his involvement in the murder.
Henry seemed to have got almost exactly what he wanted