Hugh de Melville, designated as the third knight, begins his speech by echoing Reginald Fitz Urse’s comments about the tendencies of English people to be fair and logical in their thinking, refraining from making judgments sourced solely in their emotions. He argues that Becket basically conned the king by advocating for all the king’s policies and agreeing to take on the office of Chancellor in addition to the role of Archbishop, but then—suddenly, upon being appointed to it—resigning from the Chancellorship. Melville therefore offers not just an argument in defense of his own dignity and morality—like de Traci—but a well-argued, reasoned indictment of Becket’s political actions. He gives the most convincing argument from the perspective of the political dimension of the play (versus the spiritual) that Becket was, indeed, a traitor to the king.
Third Knight (Hugh de Melville) Quotes in Murder in the Cathedral
The Murder in the Cathedral quotes below are all either spoken by Third Knight (Hugh de Melville) or refer to Third Knight (Hugh de Melville). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt edition of Murder in the Cathedral published in 1964.).
Part 2 Quotes
It is not I who insult the King. . .
It is not against me, Becket, that you strive.
It is not Becket who pronounces doom,
But the Law of Christ’s Church, the judgement of Rome.
Third Knight (Hugh de Melville) Character Timeline in Murder in the Cathedral
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