Being King of England isn't an easy task, but Henry II was aided by his good friend Thomas Becket serving as Chancellor. Then, Henry saw an opportunity to place Thomas in the highest position of power in the English church. What could go wrong?
Frank Barlow, “Thomas Becket (1120?-1170)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004).
Thomas K. Keefe, “Henry II (1133–1189)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004).
David Knowles, Thomas Becket, Stanford University Press, (1971).
W.L. Warren, Henry II, University of California Press, (1973).
--Spoiler Alert: Reading any of the fictional works below (those mentioned in the episode) will tell you how it all ended! --
Jean Anouilh, Becket, Riverhead Press, (1995). - Originally performed on Broadway in 1960.
T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral, Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1935).
Sharon Kay Penman, Time and Chance, Putman, (2002).
Henry II and Thomas Becket, Part II: Rivals
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)