Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?

Today in history class my teacher said this phrase: "Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?". One of his colleagues was present and he laughed about it.
I can't remember what exactly he was talking about when he said the phrase because I wasn't paying attention.
Who was the first person who said this phrase and why is it funny?

asked by Col in History | 3677 views | 07-21-2009 at 04:38 PM

In the winter of 1170, Henry II, king of England, uttered those words and set into motion a chain of events that would result in the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket.
After saying " Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?" King Henry II signed Thomas Becket's, the Archbishop of Canterbury, death warrant. Four loyal knights sailed to England from France and slew the Archbishop on the altar of Canterbury.
We talked about this in class, eight-and-a-half centuries later scholars still debate whether Henry II intended the death of St. Thomas Becket.

answered by Sandy | 07-21-2009 at 04:42 PM

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