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King Henry II:  
But before we quarrel,
here is some happy news.
I have decided to revive
the office of Chancellor of England,
keeper of the Lion's Seal,
and entrust it to our loyal servant
Thomas Becket.
Yes, my little Saxon?
Thomas Becket:
My Lord?
Henry II:
Well, for once
I've taken you by surprise.
Thomas Becket:
My Lord, this is a stupendous honor,
for which I may not be worthy.
I'm inexperienced in these matters
and frivolous by nature.
Henry II:
Rubbish. You know more than
all of us put together.
He's read books, you know. It's amazing.
He's drunk and wenched his way
through London,
but he's thinking all the time,
aren't you, Thomas?
He'll checkmate the lot of you.
Even you, Archbishop.
I never did anything without your advice.
No one knew it.
Now everyone will. That's all.
That's the Great Seal of England.
Don't lose it.
Without the Seal, there's no more
England, and we'll all have to pack up
and go back to Normandy.

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  1. “Yes, my little Saxon? Thomas Becket:”
    It is my understanding that Thomas Becket was Norman, not Saxon. Becket is a Norman name, and his family came to England with William the Conqueror.

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