Pilgrim badge: St Thomas Becket, Canterbury
Time period:14th Century
Origin: London, England
Product Dimensions: 3.6cm x 4.2cm high
The mitred bust of Becket within a hexagonal frame with beaded borders. Becket’s martyrdom in 1170 at the hands of King Henry II’s knights, was to ensure Canterbury’s position as the principal English pilgrim shrine. It was to maintain this position until the mid 15th century, when it was overtaken in popularity by Walsingham and Windsor
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