Becket: Church and State

Becket: Church and State

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 15th Jul 2021

 Free

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Explore a power struggle on a grand scale in this online event.

Famously, King Henry II and Thomas Becket were great friends for a time; the king appointed Becket Chancellor of England and then Archbishop of Canterbury. Equally famous however is their subsequent dispute, when Becket held steadfast to protect the rights and power of the Church from the State, much to Henry's exasperation. Becket's murder in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to the king changed history, shocked the Christian world and led to a realignment of power in England.

Becket's murder in 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to the king changed history, shocked the Christian world and led to a realignment of power in England. His influence was strongly felt in English politics in the following centuries, particularly in Magna Carta and its reissues.

Join us for a discussion exploring how the powers and rights of Church and State were developed as a result of Henry and Becket's arguments, and whether these can still be found in the governance of England today. The event will be chaired by Naomi Speakman, co-curator of Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint, and features Rowan Williams, formerly the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Honorary Chaplain to the Queen and former Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.


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This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 15th Jul 2021

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