Saint Thomas a Becket was an archbishop of Canterbury in England. He became archbishop there in 1162. He would not let any political power in England move in and govern, or destroy, any of the God-given liberties of the Catholic Church. He was killed in his own cathedral in Canterbury at the foot of the altar. His brains and his blood were thrown all about the place by those who claimed to be carrying out the orders of the King. His shrine was one of the most famous and revered in all England. Constant pilgrimages to Canterbury were made up to the time of the Protestant Reformation.