'If Henry VI was made a saint, Henry VII thought this would put his House of Tudor, with its links to the Lancastrian Henry VI, in a good light. It's ironic that his son, Henry VIII, then broke with Rome and had Becket's shrine destroyed.'
In recent years a relic of St Thomas has been brought back to Canterbury on a visit from Esztergom in Hungary.
At Sens cathedral in France are vestments - chasuble, stole, maniple and episcopal shoes, together with an alb - associated with St Thomas from his time there in exile in the 1160s. At one time these were used on the feast day of St Thomas at Sens and on those occasions the cathedral authorities had to use the tallest of their clergy and then pin the vestments up, testimony to St Thomas’ height. Copies of these are held by the cathedral in Canterbury