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23.09.2021

Martyrdom of Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170, is perhaps best known for his struggle with King Henry II of England over the separation of church and monarchy. He was murdered by four knights of Henry's court in Canterbury Cathedral at dusk on December 29, 1170-the scene depicted here. This fine carving also depicts his soul being carried by two angels, receiving God's blessing.

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