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Q: How many blows did they hit Thomas Becket with?
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Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was murdered on the 29th December, 1170. Henry II had supposedly lost his temper and yelled something along the lines of "who will rid me of this troublesome priest" (the exact words were lost in history). Four knights overheard this and 'misunderstood', so, they then went to Canterbury Cathedral and killed him. It was on the 3rd blow from the sword that he fell, and on the 4th they lopped of his head and his 'brains spilled out' (nasty stuff, isn't it?) according to Edward Grim, best friend and clerk. Grim also got hurt in the attack, when one of the knights hit Becket the second time, it missed and hit Grim in the shoulder. As far as I know (I've done a bit of research) not a lot is known about the funeral. Hope this helps!

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