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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.

P27-Saint Thomas Becket rides in triumph
P27-Saint Thomas Becket rides in triumph

P27-Saint Thomas Becket rides in triumph

Thomas Becket became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, but by 1164 a bitter dispute with King Henry II had caused him to seek exile in France. However, Becket was invited to return from exile by the King, and to a tumultuous reception, he landed at Sandwich in Kent and processed to Canterbury, arriving on 2nd December 1170. Less than a month later he was dead, murdered in his own cathedral at the behest of the King. Becket’s triumphant ride to Canterbury was thereafter marked by the annual feast of the Regressio Sancta Thome. At this time, Pilgrim badges such as this example, depicting Becket riding a dappled stallion and being led by a groom, would have been especially appropriate.

14th cent.

66x70mm Becket in full vestments rides a dappled stallion which is lead by a groom.
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