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  Archbishop of Canterbury
What does the Archbishop do?
Where does he live?
How long has there been one?
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Thomas Becket in stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral
Thomas Becket in stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral
How long has there been one?
The first Archbishop of Canterbury was Augustine in 597.

But probably the most famous was Thomas Becket, who became Archbishop in 1162 during the reign of Henry II.

Henry II and Becket didn't get on and at one point the King is said to have uttered the words: "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"

Four knights took him at his word. They slipped across the Channel to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, where they tried to force Becket to return with them to France to face the King.

During a struggle on the 29th December 1170, the four knights killed Becket with their swords.

A special part of Canterbury Cathedral is dedicated to the famous martyr.


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