Sunday, 24 September 2017

Becket as Chancellor, "Second after the King".

Becket, as Chancellor, was considered by Peter of Celles [Abbot of La-Celle] to be "Second only to the King". He wrote in

Letter 72,  to Thomas Becket January 1855 x May 1162
Early Letters of Peter of Celle, p. 328/9-
Peter (of Celle, Bishop of Chartres) (2001). The Letters of Peter of Celle. Oxford University Press. pp. 328–. ISBN 978-0-19-820445-9.

...
Secundus post regem in quattuor regnis quis te ignorat?
...

Who is ignorant [of the fact] that you are second after [only to] the king in the four kingdoms?

[First might be considered to be the Chief Justiciar.]

References


James Craigie Robertson. Materials for the History of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Volume 5 MTB Letter 2  Cambridge University Press. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-1-108-04929-0.





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