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Thomas Becket

1119 - 1170

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Thomas Becket (), also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and later Thomas à Becket (21 December 1119 or 1120 – 29 December 1170), was an English nobleman who served as Lord Chancellor from 1155 to 1162, and then notably as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Becket has received more than 4,317,351 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Becket is the 421st most popular religious figure (up from 466th in 2019), the 298th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 361st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Religious Figure.

Thomas Becket was a medieval English clergyman and Archbishop of Canterbury. He was murdered in 1170 by followers of King Henry II of England.

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Among religious figures, Thomas Becket ranks 421 out of 2,238Before him are Abu Dawood, Salome, Januarius, Pope Celestine II, Thomas à Kempis, and Pope John IV. After him are Guru Nanak, Pope Cornelius, Ali al-Ridha, Pope Gregory III, Saint Maurice, and Pope Anterus.

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Among people born in 1119, Thomas Becket ranks 1After him are Emperor Sutoku, Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine, and Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg. Among people deceased in 1170, Thomas Becket ranks 1After him are Albert the Bear, Mstislav II of Kiev, Frederick V, Duke of Swabia, Al-Mustanjid, Abu Hamid al-Gharnati, Christina of Denmark, Queen of Sweden, and Owain Gwynedd.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Becket ranks 298 out of 7,765Before him are Ken Follett (1949), Peter Sellers (1925), Harthacnut (1018), Harold Macmillan (1894), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), and David Suchet (1946). After him are Richard Cromwell (1626), Frederick Sanger (1918), William Henry Bragg (1862), Tim Berners-Lee (1955), Richard Trevithick (1771), and Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, Thomas Becket ranks 3Before him are Saint Patrick (385) and Saint Ursula (400). After him are Saint Boniface (680), John Wesley (1703), Saint Walpurga (710), John Knox (1514), William Laud (1573), Thomas Wolsey (1473), William Tyndale (1494), John Harvard (1607), and Pope Adrian IV (1100).