Definition of Thomas a becket
1. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170).
Category relationships: Church Of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
Generic synonyms: Archbishop, Martyr, Saint
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Literary usage of Thomas a becket
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1. Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England: From by John Campbell Campbell (1856)
"LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR thomas a becket. KING STEPHEN having died in the year 1154, he was succeeded by the son of Matilda, the first of the Plantagenet ..."
2. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"CHAP. III. Hen. 2. AD 11 54. Parentage. Story of CHAPTER III. LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR THOMAS a BECKET. KING STEPHEN having died in the year 1154, ..."
3. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the Revolution by David Hume (1858)
"... to that dignity Becket, his chancellor, on whose compliance he thought he could entire!} depend. Thomas a Becket, the first man of English descent ..."
4. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"State of Europe—of France—First acts of Henry's government— Disputes between the civil and ecclesiastical powers—Thomas a Becket, archbishop of ..."
5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Thomas a Becket in 1164, was 450 feet long and 95 feet broad, with transepts (200 ft.), a Lady-chapel (75 by 60 ft.) built in 1314, and a square central ..."
6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The hero of the century in the eyes of all his contemporaries and for centuries later was Thomas a Becket, the martyr archbishop of Canterbury ..."