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Anita Challis
Anita Challis • 1 year ago

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge has a circular frame bearing the words ‘CAPVT THOME’, meaning ‘Thomas’s head’. In the centre is a depiction of the head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Becket’s skull.

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Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the mitred head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Becket’s skull. The bust is surrounded by an architectural frame. Archaeological and stylistic evidence suggests that this type of badge was first made around the time of the shrine’s third jubilee, in 1320. Along the base is an inscription: ‘+ S CAPVT THOME’ (meaning ‘Saint Thomas’s head’).

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Pilgrim Badge | Museum of London. This badge is a souvenir of the reliquary that held the top of Thomas Becket's skull in Canterbury cathedral. The reliquary was a life-sized bust of St Thomas and was covered in gold, silver and jewels. It was one of the most important holy places to visit during a Canterbury pilgrimage.

Pilgrim Badge Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a pair of... Museum of London. Late 14th - 15th c.

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Late 14th century pilgrim's badge. This badge depicts the return of St Thomas Becket from exile in France in December 1170, only a month before his murder. This anniversary was commemorated every year at Canterbury with a festival known as the Return of St Thomas (Regressio Sancti Thomae). Here he is shown on board the ship with three companions: a knight, a clerk holding a book, and a third standing next to St Thomas. Museum of London.

Pilgrim's Badge depicting the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral, ca. 1400 English Pewter. One of the best visual records of England's premier shrine. The shrine itself was sadly destroyed in 1538 by the commissioners of Henry VIII.

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Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral: 14th Century: . Many Londoners travelled to Canterbury to pray at the shrine there and bought badges and ampullae (small bottles for holy water) as souvenirs of their pilgrimage.

Pilgrim badge of St. Thomas Becket (pewter), English School, 14th century. © Museum of London, UK

A sterling silver brooch made by Helen Leaf, a replica of a fifteenth-century pewter pilgrim badge found in the River Thames, London, of the episcopal gloves of St Thomas Becket. (Canterbury Cathedral Shop)

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