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On 21 May 1172, at Avranches cathedral (Normandy), Henry II was publicly absolved from complicity in the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket on condition that he provide 200 knights to serve in the Holy Land for one year, take the cross himself and fight either in the Holy Land or against the Moors in Spain, restore all properties seized from the church of Canterbury, and allow appeals from the English church to Rome.

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