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Archbishop Thomas Becket (c1118 - 1162 - 1170 (52)) was murdered (attacked, beheaded and brained) on 29 December 1170 in his own cathedral in Canterbury, by four knights responding to the urgings of Plantagenet King Henry II (1133-1154-1189 (56)).  Even today this event is probably one of the best known in English history.

Archbishop Thomas Becket (c1118 - 1162 - 1170 (52)) was murdered (attacked, beheaded and brained) on 29 December 1170 in his own cathedral in Canterbury, by four knights responding to the urgings of Plantagenet King Henry II (1133-1154-1189 (56)). Even today this event is probably one of the best known in English history.

Henry II, first Plantaganet King of England, was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London, on this day 19th December 1154

Henry II, first Plantaganet King of England, was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London, on this day 19th December 1154

Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation & re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's & the Windsor's.

Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation & re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's & the Windsor's.

Henry I, King of England, the youngest and ablest of William the Conqueror's sons, , was born in England 1068/69, was crowned King, 1100 and d. 1135.

Henry I, King of England, the youngest and ablest of William the Conqueror's sons, , was born in England 1068/69, was crowned King, 1100 and d. 1135.

Henry VIII window detail at Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII window detail at Hampton Court Palace

Edward the Black Prince, so called because of the color of his armor.  D. 1376, buried in Canterbury Cathedral.  Usually depicted with a beard.

Edward the Black Prince, so called because of the color of his armor. D. 1376, buried in Canterbury Cathedral. Usually depicted with a beard.

Henry V of England weds Catherine of Valois in 1420.

Henry V of England weds Catherine of Valois in 1420.

King Richard I Cour de Loin (Richard the Lionheart) House of Plantagenet 1189 - 1199

King Richard I Cour de Loin (Richard the Lionheart) House of Plantagenet 1189 - 1199

Edward III had seven legitimate sons and three illegitimate. The more well known ones were the Black Prince, John of Gaunt, William of Hatfield, Lionel of Antwerp, Edmund of Langley, Thomas of Windsor, William of Windsor and Thomas of Woodstock.

Edward III had seven legitimate sons and three illegitimate. The more well known ones were the Black Prince, John of Gaunt, William of Hatfield, Lionel of Antwerp, Edmund of Langley, Thomas of Windsor, William of Windsor and Thomas of Woodstock.

Shield of Henry II of France, France, ca. 1555.  The battle scene at the center is thought to depict the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. In the strapwork borders are the intertwined letters: H for Henry II (reigned 1547–59);

Shield of Henry II of France, France, ca. 1555. The battle scene at the center is thought to depict the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. In the strapwork borders are the intertwined letters: H for Henry II (reigned 1547–59);

Reblog from mediumaevum.tumblr.com: "The most popular shrine in England was the tomb of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. When Becket was murdered local people managed to obtain pieces of cloth soaked in his blood. Rumours soon spread that, when touched by this cloth, people were cured of blindness/ epilepsy and leprosy. It was not long before the monks at Canterbury Cathedral were selling small glass bottles of Becket’s blood to visiting pilgrims."

Reblog from mediumaevum.tumblr.com: "The most popular shrine in England was the tomb of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. When Becket was murdered local people managed to obtain pieces of cloth soaked in his blood. Rumours soon spread that, when touched by this cloth, people were cured of blindness/ epilepsy and leprosy. It was not long before the monks at Canterbury Cathedral were selling small glass bottles of Becket’s blood to visiting pilgrims."

Canterbury Cathedral - Henry II with Archbishop Thomas Becket - 12th century

Canterbury Cathedral - Henry II with Archbishop Thomas Becket - 12th century

Gilbert II the Red de Clare, Earl of Gloucester wearing the Clare arms ~13th century painted glass, Tewkesbury Abbey. Gilbert married Edward I's daughter Joan Plantagenet

Gilbert II the Red de Clare, Earl of Gloucester wearing the Clare arms ~13th century painted glass, Tewkesbury Abbey. Gilbert married Edward I's daughter Joan Plantagenet

Peasants' Revolt led by Wat Tyler in 1381. Meeting between Tyler and the revolutionary priest John Ball. Detail, miniature of the 15th-century by Froissart. (Photo by Prisma/UIG/Getty Images)

Peasants' Revolt led by Wat Tyler in 1381. Meeting between Tyler and the revolutionary priest John Ball. Detail, miniature of the 15th-century by Froissart. (Photo by Prisma/UIG/Getty Images)

The Angevins~Henry II, the son of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Henry I's daughter Matilda, was the first in a long line of 14 Plantagenet kings, stretching from Henry II's accession through to Richard III's death in 1485. Within that line, however, four distinct Royal Houses can be identified: Angevin, Plantagenet, Lancaster and York.

The Angevins~Henry II, the son of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Henry I's daughter Matilda, was the first in a long line of 14 Plantagenet kings, stretching from Henry II's accession through to Richard III's death in 1485. Within that line, however, four distinct Royal Houses can be identified: Angevin, Plantagenet, Lancaster and York.

The #wedding of Henry V and Catherine of Valois, English royalty in stained glass by German-American artist, Karl J. Mueller. http://materialsunlimitedblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-true-love-story-captured-in-stained.html

The #wedding of Henry V and Catherine of Valois, English royalty in stained glass by German-American artist, Karl J. Mueller. http://materialsunlimitedblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-true-love-story-captured-in-stained.html