Thomas á Becket Timeline

1118 born 21 December at London - son of Gilbert Becket, sheriff of London (?)
---- learned to read at Merton Priory
---- studied in Paris
---- secretary to Sir Richer de l'Aigle
---- secretary to Osbert Huitdeniers - Justiciar of London
1141 entered service of Theobald (Archbishop of Canterbury)
---- studied law (civil and canon) at Bologna and Auxerre
1154 ordained deacon - appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury
1154 king Stephen dies Henry of Anjou becomes king Henry II
1154 Thomas made Lord Chancellor of England
1158 Thomas went to France (negotiate marriage treaty)
1159 Toulese expedition
1161 Theobald dies
1162 ordained priest 2 June
1162 consecrated bishop 3 June (now Trinity Sunday) and appointed Archbishop
1162 resigns as Chancellor 10 August
1164 flees from Canterbury 13 October
1164 flees from England 2 November to Louis VII of France
1164 visits pope Alexander III at Sens 23 November
1169 meets with Henry II at Montmirail 6 January
1170 1 December returns to Canterbury
1170 29 December killed at vespers in Cathedral
1173 21 February canonized saint by pope Alexander III
1174 12 July 1174 - Henry II does public penance at Becket's grave
1538 Becket's grave destroyed by Henry VIII
1935 T. S. Eliot's play "Murder in the Cathedral"
1959 Jean Anouilh's play "Becket"
1964 Motion picture "Becket" based on play