mayhap: Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in Becket (Becket)
T. H. White apparently read the same book that Jean Anouilh did—Augustin Thierry's Norman Conquest of England—and wrote this note in its endpapers:
[With Thomas Becket the King] seems to have had one of the most important relationships of his life. Sodomy was a Norman vice, and Becket beautiful as well as strong, but there need have been no physical relationship. Indeed, it is most unlikely. But he did have a most intense emotional relationship with Becket, and I have no doubt that he submitted sincerely to the rods… Consider this fat, grey-eyed, bloodshot, strangely attractive sportsman kneeling to be whipped before the tomb of that beautiful person whom he had personally known to be a saint long before he was canonised, who he had persecuted all his life ("hell knows no fury like a woman scorned") and whom he had driven to revolt because he loved him and could not for that reason permit him to live his own life. Henry is a very real person.

(quoted in T. H. White's The Once and Future King by Elisabeth Brewer)

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