St. Alban the Martyr

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Window

St. Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas à Becket) is shown in his holding a copy of the Constitutions of Clarendon that has been torn in two. The Constitutions of Clarendon were a set of legislative procedures passed by Henry II of England in 1164 consisting of 16 articles intended to restrict ecclesiastical privileges and curb the power of the Church courts and the extent of papal authority in England. It was resistance to this extension of secular authority over the Church that made Thomas an opponent of the king, leading to his assassination.

This page is part of our project "Revealing St Alban's Hidden Heritage" supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.