The murder of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170

Active selection in cart:
The murder of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. Coloured engraving. Becket, Saint Thomas, also called Thomas à Becket, or Thomas of London (1118–1170) was Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of King Henry II. His career was marked by a long quarrel with Henry and in 1170 four leading knights of the court took violent words of Henry literally, forced themselves into the Archbishop's presence, and, on his refusal to absolve the bishops, followed him into the cathedral and cut him down with their swords. Thomas, à Becket, Saint (1118?-1170). Work ID: jtv29zvm.

Free public domain image

To download this free image, please register (this takes just 30 seconds) or log in.

Video guide

This is one of 1,208,285 free hi-res public domain images, selected from major public collections to complement the Look and Learn archive, and to save you time and money. Typically, it may be used for any purpose, but users should check the precise terms and satisfy themselves that the intended use will not infringe the rights of any third party.

Buy products

You can buy personalised gifts, including t-shirts, tote bags and mousemats, featuring this image from our print partner, Zazzle:

Choose productsPictorial Museum book

Can we help?

Look and Learn is one of the world’s leading sources of historical and cultural images for personal and commercial use. Feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.