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St Thomas Becket Exile Pilgrim Badge
Saint Thomas Becket Exile Pilgrim Badge. 1350-1400. This badge shows the ship in which Becket returned from exile in France. It is a clinker built, square rigged cog. The details show the large rudder at the rear, the anchor to the fore and various sailors, both fore and aft and even atop in the rigging. To the left of the mast is the figure of the archbishop, his hand raised in blessing. After six years in exile in France to avoid conflict with Henry II, Becket finally returned to England in 1170.
Height 4.5cm. With lapel pin fixing.