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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’).
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 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 of St. Thomas Becket, c.14th century
Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a mitred head within a barbed quatrefoil frame. Late Medieval; 14th century ID no: 8801