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Saint Thomas Canterbury
A badge of high standard compared to other crudely made badges. It represents the sword by which Becket was martyred; the original kept as a major relic at Canterbury. Featured with a buckler or shield, the original badge had a coloured backing to highlight the design.
Original found in Salisbury
Late 14th/early 15th century

beckett shield

41. Edward the Confessor This badge depicts a famous episode from the life of St Edward the Confessor. He is shown giving his ring in alms to a pilgrim who is later revealed to be St John the Evangelist. The badge dates from the reign of King Richard II, who was a fervent devotee of St Edward. Original found in Norfolk 14th century

edward con

42 Griffin Badge The heraldic Griffin has the forequarters of an eagle and the hindquarters of a lion.The Griffin was favoured by Edward III and also used by the Montague Earls of Salisbury. They were worn as symbols of allegiance by followers of the Montagues There are variants of this badge. Original found in London. 15th century.


43. This attractive badge depicts what appears to be a medieval Foget-me-not, (the modern Water Forget-me-not). This plant was credited with the property that those who wore it would never be forgotten by their lovers. This type of badge would have been given as a symbol of true love. Original found in Salisbury. 15th century. 31x33mm A flowering plant.

lady copy

44. Walsingham Walsingham, with its venerated image of the Virgin Mary was one of England's most popular shrines, and, until its suppression in 1538 drew pilgrims from across Europe. This badge shows the image of Our Lady, crowned and sceptred, with the infant Christ to her left. Original found in London. 14th century.

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St Alban
Britain's first martyr in AD254 Alban, a Romano- British legionary at Verulanium, was converted to Christianity. He refused to give up his faith and was executed on the hill on which St Albans Abbey now stands. The badge shows the martyrdom scene where, St Albans head having been struck off, the executioner's eyes fall out so that he should never witness the virtues arising from the martyrdom.
Original found in London.
Late 14th - 15th century.

46 Medieval society was deeply superstitious and this pendant clearly illustrates this. It is a lucky pendant which would have been worn in the hope of attracting wealth to its wearer. It can be sewn directly onto clothing or can be suspended from belt. The two three dimensional halves represent a purse and within is a cast imitation coin. Size 40 x48mm Original found in Salisbury. 15th Century.

purse copy

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