Pewter pilgrim badge of St George: 15th century
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Pewter pilgrim badge of St George. St. George is shown wearing full armour, standing over a dragon and driving a spear into its mouth. There is a cross on his chest. The cult of St George was popular in England from 1098, when he is said to have appeared in the sky during the Battle of Antioch in the First Crusade, causing the enemy to flee. Afterwards English soldiers' battle cry became 'St George for England!' By the end of the 1300s St George's feast-day was a national holiday and Henry V, after his victory at Agincourt in 1415, declared the festival as important as Christmas and Easter. From the late 1400s the Chapel of St George in Windsor became a major pilgrimage site where people could see relics such as the saint's heart and leg.
1401 AD - 1500 AD