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Old English Sheepdog
Thomas a Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas à Becket was a 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury, and is arguably, and unfortunately, more famous for the manner of his death than his life.
In 1170, Becket returns from France, where he has been in exile over a disagreement with King Henry II. The King is believed to have said “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?", which ultimately seals Becket’s fate. Rightly or wrongly interpreted as a Royal Order, four Knights take it upon themselves to confront Becket and brutally murder him within Canterbury Cathedral.
Thomas a Becket was canonised by Pope Alexander III on 12th July 1174 and is venerated as a Saint and Martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Even King Henry II humbled himself with a public penance at Becket's tomb, which has now become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in England.
This beautifully sculpted, and highly accurate, portrayal of the Archbishop of Canterbury is based on the stained glass window of Saint Thomas a Becket found at Canterbury Cathedral.
Robert Harrop Designs
Dog Figurine / Statue from The Doggie People Collection