Henry II and Thomas Becket Revision Lesson (Preview)

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Lesson Objectives

What you will do in this lesson

  • Investigate the story of Henry II and Thomas Becket.
  • Attempt to understand the difficulties Henry II faced.
  • Look into why Henry’s best friend became his worst enemy.
  • Explore decisions that Henry II took.

Prior knowledge required

  • You don’t need to know anything about the story!
  • Knowledge about the church in Medieval times may come in helpful.

What you will learn

  • The background and events leading to the murder of Becket.
  • The problems Henry faced because of Becket.

At the end of this lesson you should

  • Understand Henry’s struggle with the church.
  • Know why Henry ‘ordered’ the murder of his ex-best friend.
  • Realise the outcome of different decisions.

Teacher Lesson Plan

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