Thursday, February 21, 2013

History Trivia - Thomas Becket canonization rebukes the king

February 21
 1173 Thomas Becket was canonized. The Archbishop of Canterbury, one-time friend and opponent to King Henry II of England, had been murdered less than three years earlier, and the swift canonization by Pope Alexander III was a clear message of rebuke to the king.
1431 Public trial of Joan of Arc began.
1437 King James I of Scotland was murdered in the Dominican Friary at Perth, which sparked a civil war.

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