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Pilgrim Souvenirs And Secular Badges (Medieval Finds From Excavations In London)

This is the first major catalogue in English devoted to medieval badges. These fascinating objects provide us with a guide to the popularity of different cults and pilgrim centres, supplying evidence of the sometimes arduous journeys not only to famous and far-off sanctuaries like Compostela, but to native shrines such as that of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury, or the tombs of local, unofficial saints. Often mass-produced and sold in tens of thousands, pilgrim souvenirs offer pointers to fashion in contemporary precious jewellery. The secular badges include a wealth of non-religious imagery, playful and amatory, satirical, celebratory and heraldic. Illustrating nearly 800 items of popular medieval jewellery, the catalogue contained within the book describes previously unpublished finds retrieved from datable archaeological London waterfront deposits, and provides the basis of a chronological framework for future excavations.

Series: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London (Book 7)

Hardcover: 362 pages

Publisher: Boydell Press; New edition (May 20, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1843835444

ISBN-13: 978-1843835448

Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Excellent quality photos, and the badges are almost all shown actual size. The text is informative and interesting and gives details which a photo often cannot (for instance, about residual organic components of wood, paper, etc.). There is even a great photo of a cuttlebone mold! I'd highly recommend this book to any interested in pewter badges, especially if, like me, you make them.

Pilgrims badges were big business in the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. As it has always been people's tendency to adopt a "holier than thou" attitude, and the purchase of a badge or pin that would show that you had visited some shrine or other fulfills that need perfectly. This book is an excellent reference on these badges, with many plates and detailed descriptions.Buy this can't hurt you to know something about these.

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