Pewter pilgrim badge of St Thomas Becket: 14th-15th century
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Pewter pilgrim badge of St Thomas Becket standing on a ship. A knight in armour stands at the front of the ship. Two figures stand next to Becket on the deck and a sailor at the stern. 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. The knight's shield is charged with a cross. A sailor attends to the rigging in the stern of the ship.
1360 AD - 1400 AD