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JUL 22, 2013 - American Spectator

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Channeling King Henry II

Thomas Becket was a man of great intellect, skill, and influence. In 1154, England’s King Henry II named him as his Chancellor, a post that was second in power only to that of the king. Becket became a close friend and confidante of the king. In 1162, Henry named Becket to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury after the death of the incumbent. For the king, the Archbishop of Canterbury was merely the titular head of the Church of England. The Pope did not see it this way. More importantly, neither did Becket. The 1160s was a period in which Henry was attempting to consolidate his power and ... Read More

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