A RARE HORSE BRASS. English Monarchs often experience conflicts with the Church over the sharing of power and whether or not church officials should be tried in Royal or Church courts. Henry 11 had overhauled the legal system to give himself more power over all of his subjects, but ran into a stone wall when opposed by the Church. He was not a man to undermine and he thought his prayers had been answered upon the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Since the King held the authority to name a successor, he selected his close legal advisor and Chancellor, Thomas Becket (who enjoyed lavish parties and shared many legal beliefs with Henry) as the next Archbishop. Much to his dismay, Becket made a complete turn around and demonstrated absolute loyalty to the Church. Henry brought charges against him to force him out, but Becket declared the King had no jurisdiction over an Archbishop. This standstill led to an eventual compromise between the two friends in a power struggle but four knights decided to help Henry, slipped into Canterbury Cathedral, and killed the Archbishop.
HORSE BRASS:ABBEYS/CATHEDRALS/RELIGION: Thomas Beckett’s Token..
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