"Translation of Thomas the Martyr"

This Fair at Laxton Castle no doubt celebrated the life and death of, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket. His story can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Thomas opposed King Henry II's Royal laws over church figures or over any Law of God. They fought many times over this issue, which ended in 1170. 4 Knights made him a martyr when they killed him at Canterbury Cathedral, after probably taking their orders from the King. King Henry showed remorse over the loss of his (former) friend and allowed himself to be publically flogged by the Monks. The King also asked the Pope for figiveness. Thomas was later canonized a Saint, and the Cathedral became a place of religious pilgrimage.

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