THE POWER OF AN EXCLAMATION IN ANGER – A 12TH CENTURY TWEET – NaBloPOMo 2016 – 16 of 30

Henry II had appointed his friend, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, only to find that Becket came to put his new loyalty to the Church above that to his King.

In the presence of English Barons, Henry II—who is now utterly vexed by Becket’s actions—cries out: “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?” Believing the King meant for Becket to be murdered, four knights ride to Canterbury Cathedral and kill Becket on December 29, 1170.

Such can be the effect of the angry outburst of a powerful person on those who wish to do his or her will.

It should be noted that Henry the King was obliged to do penance for the murder and martyrdom of Becket, prostrating himself before the very altar where the deed was done.

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