1154-1170 Becket

Thomas a Becket appointed Archbishop Canterbury

Constitutions of Clarendon

On 25 Jan 1164 Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189 (30) attempted to constrain ecclesiastical privileges by the sixteen articles of the Constitutions of Clarendon. Thomas Becket Archbishop Canterbury 1119-1170 (44) rejected the articles.


Trial of Thomas a Becket

In Oct 1164 Thomas Becket Archbishop Canterbury 1119-1170 (44) was put on trial in Northampton, Northamptonshire by Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189 (31) on a charge of contempt.After a week of discussion Becket fled to Flanders with John of Salisbury Bishop Chartres 1118-1180 (46).


Becket's Relatives Banished

In 26 Dec 1164 Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189 (31) banished all of Thomas Becket Archbishop Canterbury 1119-1170 (45) 's relatives from England.Around 400 people were affected.They were stripped of their possessions and shipped to Flanders.


Louis VII's Heir

On 22 Aug 1165 Philip Augustus II King France 1165-1223 was born to Louis VII King Franks 1120-1180 (45) and Adèle Blois in Gonesse.The much longed for heir to the crown of France; named after his father.He was also given the name 'Dieu Donné' meaning God Given.


Henry II meets Rosamund Clifford

Around Aug 1165 Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189 (32) commenced his affair with Rosamund Clifford 1136-1176 who he may have first met when staying at her father Walter Clifford 1st Baron Clifford 1113-1190 house in Bredelais, Herefordshire (assumed to be in Herefordshire).


Eleanor Ambushed by Guy de Lusignan

On 27 Mar 1168 Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen Consort Franks Queen Consort England 1122-1204 (46) and her party were ambushed by brothers Guy I King Jerusalem 1150-1194 (18) and Geoffrey Lusignan 1150-1224 (18). Patrick Salisbury 1st Earl Salisbury 1122-1168 (46) was killed;his son William Salisbury 2nd Earl Salisbury 1150-1196 (18) succeeded as 2nd Earl Salisbury (1C 1149).
William Marshal 1st Earl Pembroke 1146-1219 (22) held off the enemy, was wounded and captured whilst Eleanor escaped.Eleanor subsequently paid his ransom.


Murder of Thomas a Becket

On 29 Dec 1170 Thomas Becket Archbishop Canterbury 1119-1170 (51) was murdered at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent by four knights on behalf of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189 (37).