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Angevin Nitpicking (silly)
Poster: "Erica Stark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Poster: email@example.com (einar)
>At 01:07 AM 9/13/97 EST5EDT, you wrote:
>>Poster: Christoph or Sherry Hintze <firstname.lastname@example.org
>>>Who said "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?"
>>>1. Bryce de Byram
>>>2. Niall Dolphin
>>>3. Robin Griffaud
>>>4. Henry II of England
>>#4, of course. And for bonus points, who WAS "this troublesome
>>Kat, who has had WAY too little sleep....
><chuckle> St. Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury at the time
>of his martyrdom. Used to be Henry's chancellor... makes for an
>interesting parallel: Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, who was also a
>chancellor, and one-time friend of H. Tudor's. At least More had a
>relatively clean beheading, instead of being hacked to death like
>Becket was. I'm sure John schemed similar things about Langton, but
>that archbishop was safely on the Continent...
>who's getting into comparative history these days...
I hate to nit-pick, but I believe "Thomas a Becket" was a form of the
name first used by seventeenth century antiquarians, and thus--- Out Of
Our Period. The real name was "Becket, Thomas Becket" <cue music-
theme from Monty Pythons' "The Bishop">.
At least one of my books mentions Henry sending messengers to try and
intercept the knights and tell them he hadn't meant it...
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