Thomas Becket, 13th century, Canterbury Cathedral
Thomas Becket, 13th century, Canterbury Cathedral





Ye goon to Caunterbury-- God yow spede;
The blisful martir quyte yow your mede.
pay / reward

-The General Prologue, ll. 769-770









Thomas Becket's martyrdom in 1170 later beckoned generations of pilgrims to the site. But who was this complicated man, and why was he put to death?

First, find out who this martyr was in life at EyeWitnessToHistory.com .
Next, read Edward Grim's eyewitness account of Becket's death, via Britannia.com .
Watch Becket (1964) , the classic Hollywood rendition of these events.
Virtually visit Canterbury Cathedral , where Becket's life ended and the long tradition of pilgrimage there began.