Compare and contrast the conflict between Henry II and Becket in England to the Investiture Controversy in Germany

Compare and contrast the conflict between Henry II and Becket in England to the Investiture Controversy in Germany

Assignment Selections:

A. Read the following selection on Henry II and Thomas à Becket from William of Newburgh’s Historia rerum Anglicarum (History of English Affairs):

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/williamnewburgh-becket1.html
Using Historia rerum Anglicarum and the Spielvogel text, write an essay of 4-5 pages answering the following questions:

  • What political and ecclesiastical issues resulted in the Investiture Controversy?
  • Compare and contrast the conflict between Henry II and Becket in England to the Investiture Controversy in Germany.
  • How are the characters of both Henry and Thomas portrayed in William of Newburgh’s narrative?
  • What results did this conflict have for the English monarchy and for the English Church?