Session1729
TitleSaints, Pilgrims, Badges, and Souvenirs Crossing Borders
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorNational Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
 
OrganiserAnnemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
 
Moderator/ChairAnnemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
 
Paper 1729-a Pinning Down St George: Characterising the Nature of (So-Called) 'Pilgrim Badges' of St George Recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme
(Language: English)
Michael John Lewis, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - Decorative Arts; Daily Life; Religious Life
Paper 1729-b The Badges of Becket in Canterbury and Beyond
(Language: English)
Lucy Splarn, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - Decorative Arts; Daily Life; Religious Life
Paper 1729-c Pilgrims, Badges, and Miracles of St Kunera at Rhenen, the Netherlands
(Language: English)
Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - Decorative Arts; Daily Life; Religious Life
 
AbstractIn recent years, there has been an increasing interest in individual aspects of medieval pilgrimage: in itineraries and lodgings, in female pilgrims, and especially in tertiary relics, pilgrim badges and other souvenirs that were collected at shrines and taken home. These powerful, protective objects often had a significant afterlife, worn as identity markers, placed in books, tombs, and buildings, and sometimes even performing miracles themselves. Databases of pilgrim badges show how they spread all over the world, ending up far from their shrines of origin, and at the same time were subject to very local, temporal and personal patronage, taste and fashion.