|the death of Thomas Becket took place in 1170|
The term " The Evil Deacon" has come through the ages.
Who exactly was the original Evil Deacon?
One can be traced at least back to the 12th Century.
Hugh of Horsea who Alfred Duggan informs us that the renegade clerk became famous in Kent as the Evil Deacon.
We can find from various sources that he was known for having got his foot on the neck of the Thomas Becket.
Then he scattered the rest his brains and blood once the top of the head had been chopped off.
- "The exreceiver of the Honour of Canterbury still held the Archbishop's castleof Saltwood, where he had reinforced his garrison with a band of brigands led by Hugh of Horsea, the renegade clerk famous in Kent as the Evil Deacon" (God and My Right By Alfred Duggan, Chapter 12)
- "To the vociferations of Hugh of Horsea , a military sub-deacon, "where is the traitor?" (A History of England: Combining the Various Histories by Rapin, Henry, Hume, p180)
- "The upper part of his skull was broken into pieces: and Hugh of Horses placing his foot on the archbishop's neck, with the point of his sword drew out the brains, and strewed them over the pavement"(A History of England: Combining the Various Histories by Rapin, Henry, Hume, p180)
- Hugh of Horsea, the chaplain of Robert de Broc, who was with the knights, then thrust his sword into the wound, and scattered the brains over the floor. (Handbook to the cathedrals of England: Southern division, Volume 2, Issue 2, p358)