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 Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Becket has received more than 3,448,486 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Thomas Becket is the 467th most popular religious figure (down from 435th in 2019), the 362nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 322nd in 2019) and the 5th 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 467 out of 2,272Before him are John Wesley, Rose of Lima, Pope Anastasius III, Devadatta, Umm Salama, and Saint Maurice. After him are Bruno of Cologne, Pope Marcellinus, Tollund Man, Pope Benedict VII, John Knox, and Justin Martyr.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Becket ranks 362 out of 6,924Before him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), John Bowlby (1907), George Michael (1963), James Parkinson (1755), Peter Sellers (1925), and Christopher Wren (1632). After him are Samuel Johnson (1709), Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Thomas Cook (1808), Mary Somerville (1780), Robert Edwards (1925), and John Knox (1514).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, Thomas Becket ranks 5Before him are Saint Patrick (385), Saint Ursula (400), Saint Walpurga (710), and John Wesley (1703). After him are John Knox (1514), William Laud (1573), Saint Boniface (680), Pope Adrian IV (1100), John Henry Newman (1801), Saint Malachy (1094), and William Tyndale (1494).