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Originally a Brythonic settlement, Celtic people living in Great Britain from the Iron Age through the Early Middle Ages, the site was occupied by the Romans in the 1st century AD. St Augustine who founded the episcopal see here. He became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Thomas Becket was murdered here in 1170. The cathedral is a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. This pilgrimage provided the theme for Geoffery Chaucer's 14th century literary classic the Canterbury Tales. Christopher Marlowe was born in the city in the city in the 16th century.
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