heobald was the abbot of the monastery of Bec in Normandy and was elected Archbishop of Canterbury in 1138. Theobald sided against King Stephen's brother Henry of Blois who had planned to become Archbishop himself. Under Theobald Canterbury gained a reputation for learning and it is here that Thomas Becket was trained. In April of 1148 Theobald attended a Council in Rhiems against the wishes of King Stephen. When the King found out that the archbishop had defied his command, he banished Theobald and confiscated his lands. In response the Pope threatened Stephen with an interdict and by the end of the year Theobald and Stephen had settled their differences. In 1152, being a supporter of Matidla's claim to the English throne, Theobald refused to crown Stephen's son Eustace and in 1154 crowned Henry II and Eleanor at Westminster, becoming one of King Henry's key advisers.
King Stephen had several lords swear to have Eustace, his son, as the next king of England. Theobald the Archbishop of Canterbury, who had to accept as well, refused to crown Eustace favouring Henry II's claim to the throne instead.
Theobald of Bec, archbishop of Canterbury, died after an illness. Henry II was informed and he expressed the wish to have his friend Thomas Becket elected as archbishop.
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