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Pilgrim Badges

Pilgrim badges were sold in the medieval period as souvenirs of pilgrimage. All of the badges below are accurate copies of surviving pewter artefacts. For information on the history of pilgrim badges please refer to the ‘History’ section of the website. Devotional badges are also included in this section.

P26-Saint Michael
P26-Saint Michael

P26-Saint Michael

The Archangel Michael was regarded in the middle ages as leader of the spiritual forces in the fight against evil. He was also regarded as a protector of high places, hence the many hills and mountains named after him. When Saint Michael was adopted as the patron Saint of France in the 14th century Mont Saint Michel became perhaps the foremost shrine in France, attracting thousands of visitors a year. This replica badge depicts Saint Michael slaying the Devil, and would most likely have been purchased by a pilgrim as a souvenir of a visit to Mont Saint Michel.

14th/ 15th cent.

18x27mm The archangel in full armour and brandishing spear stand upon the devil.
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