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Pilgrim badge

Badge made from lead alloy, 1270-1400, London

Pilgrimage was a key feature of medieval society. Although the main destination was Jerusalem, Canterbury was a popular place for pilgrimage in England. Pilgrims travelled to cathedrals that preserved relics of saints that they believed held miraculous powers. This pilgrim badge shows the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

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