Bay 18 (St Thomas Becket)

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Panel 17 - King Henry asking the Archbishop of York to crown his son ?

 © Stuart Whatling, 2008

Amongst Becket's most implaccable enemies were the Archbishops of York, London and Salisbury. On July 14th 1170, The King's son was crowned by the Archbishop York - a task which legally was the sole prerogative of Canterbury and hence taken as a deliberate provocation.

The artist has not distinguished between the various archbishops in this story though the assistant here carries a crozier, rather than the pastoral cross normally associated with Becket.