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St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Matthew House

House Teacher Miss Clarke
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House Colour Red
House Motto Do and Say the Right Thing

St. Thomas Becket 

Thomas Becket was born in around 1120. He was well educated and his talents were noticed by King Henry II, who made him his chancellor and later Archbishop of Canterbury. King Henry and Thomas Becket became close friends but the friendship was put under strain when Becket stood up for the church in its disagreements with the king. In 1164, realising the extent of Henry's displeasure, Becket fled into France, eventually returning in 1170.

On the 29 December 1170, four knights, believing the king wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.  Becket was declared a martyr (A martyr is someone who dies for their beliefs) and made a saint in 1173. His shrine in Canterbury Cathedral became an important place for Catholics in England, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden.