I just finished reading The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and I loved it!
There is one small question for which I couldn't find the answer anywhere else. My native language is not English so it could be just my weak understanding of the sentence.

The second paragraph of the vol.7, chapter 2 reads as follows:
--So without arguing the matter further with Thomas o’Becket, or any one else—

Who is Thomas o'Becket? Do you think it's Thomas ŕ Becket the saint? or Thomas Becket the publisher of Sterne?
I was confused reading this because the saint is of course dead at this point and thus you can't argue with a dead person...or, maybe the sentence means to argue the matter about Becket...?

I hope someone here can help me with finding the answer.
Thank you!