Thomas Becket was born in c.1118 in Cheapside, London, to Gilbert Beket of Thierville and Matilda (with a familiar name of Roheise or Rosea) of Mondeville near Caen. His parents, of the Rouen upper-middle class, were buried in Old St. Paul’s Cathedral.
There is a story that Thomas’s mother was a Saracen princess who met and fell in love with his English father while he was on Crusade or pilgrimage in the Holy Land, then followed him home, was baptised and married him. This story has no truth to it, and its origin is unknown.
I suppose it was because of his dark looks. :)
He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. He engaged in conflict with King Henry II over the rights and privileges of the Church and was assassinated by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral.
Who is able to read German (or willing to give babelfish or something like that a try and probably have a damn good laugh) can read a longer article on him on my blog: Thomas Becket
Watercolours pencils on 24×32 cm watercolour paper (260g/m²)
One of my spiritual guides.