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 HENRY II. (son of the Earl of Anjou).THOMAS BECKET, Chancellor of England, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury.GILBERT FOLIOT, Bishop of London.ROGER, Archbishop of York. Bishop of Hereford.HILARY, Bishop of Chichester.JOCELYN, Bishop of Salisbury.JOHN OF SALISBURY | HERBERT OF BOSHAM | friends of BECKET:WALTER MAP, reputed author of 'Golias,' Latin poems against the priesthood.KING LOUIS OF FRANCE.GEOFFREY, son of Rosamund and HENRY:GRIM, a monk of Cambridge.SIR REGINALD FITZURSE | SIR RICHARD DE BRITO | the four knights of the King's SIRWILLIAM DE TRACY | household, enemies of BECKET: SIR HUGH DE MORVILLE |DE BROC OF SALTWOOD CASTLE.LORD LEICESTER.PHILIP DE ELEEMOSYNA.TWO KNIGHT TEMPLARS.JOHN OF OXFORD (called the Swearer).ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, Queen of England (divorced from Louis of France).ROSAMUND DE CLIFFORD.
MARGERY.Knights, Monks, Beggars, etc.-
 A Castle in Normandy. Interior of the Hall. Roofs of a City seen thro' Windows.-HENRY and BECKET at chess.-
HENRY:So then our good Archbishop Theobald lies dying.BECKET:I am grieved to know as much.HENRY:But we must have a mightier man than he for his successor.BECKET:Have you thought of one?HENRY:A cleric lately poison'd his own mother, and being brought before the courtsof the Church,They but degraded him. I hope they whipt him. I would have hang'd him.BECKET:It is your move.HENRY:Well--there. [Moves.The Church in the pell-mell of Stephen's time, hath climb'd the throne andalmost clutch'd the crown;
But by the royal customs of our realm, the Church should hold her baronies ofme,Like other lords amenable to law. I'll have them written down and made thelaw.BECKET:My liege, I move my bishop.HENRY:And if I live, no man without my leave shall excommunicate my tenants or myhousehold.BECKET:Look to your king.HENRY:No man without my leave shall cross the seas, to set the Pope against me--Ipray your pardon.BECKET:Well--will you move?HENRY:There. [Moves.BECKET:Check--you move so wildly.HENRY:There then! [Moves.BECKET:Why--there then, for you see my bishop, hath brought your king to astandstill. You are beaten.HENRY (kicks over the board).Why, there then--down go bishop and king together. I loathe being beaten; hadI fixt my fancyUpon the game I should have beaten thee, But that was vagabond.

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