Why did twelfth century English King, Henry II, allow himself to be whipped by priests, while praying in Canterbury Cathedral?

Answer: This was punishment, ordered by Pope Alexander III and agreed to by Henry, for the killing of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, on December 29, 1170 by four of Henry’s knights Reginald FitzUrse, William de Tracey, High de Morville and Richard le Breton. The king had been in conflict with Becket and the knights had responded to Henry’s shouting, ‘will no-one rid me of this meddlesome priest.’

Source: General Historical Texts

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