The Pilgrims' Religion: A Faith That  Inspired Thanksgiving: <i>Mayflower II</i>, replica of the original ship <i>Mayflower</i>, which sailed in 1620 bringing the first Puritan Separatist pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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The Pilgrims' Religion: A Faith That Inspired Thanksgiving: <i>Mayflower II</i>, replica of the original ship <i>Mayflower</i>, which sailed in 1620 bringing the first Puritan Separatist pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of Our Lady of Aachen in Germany. This badge depicts the Virgin Mary’s nightgown which was one of the major relics that pilgrims could see at the shrine. This would have been part of a larger badge. The design of complete badges varies but many are openwork badges made of two or more frames, one of which would have held a mirror. The badges are often decorated with the figures of the Virgin and Child. 15th century | Museum of London

Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of Our Lady of Aachen in Germany.

Pilgrim souvenirs were bought by medieval pilgrims as mementoes of the pious journeys they took to visit shrines in England and abroad. These objects were also believed to protect their wearers from harm and to heal the sick.

Pilgrim souvenirs were bought by medieval pilgrims as mementoes of the pious journeys they took to visit shrines in England and abroad. These objects were also believed to protect their wearers from harm and to heal the sick.

Pilgrim badge from an unknown shrine. This badge depicts Jesus Christ as a baby lying underneath a richly jewelled cover, which is decorated with a diaper pattern and two lines of dots within circles. Pilgrims who travelled to religious shrines frequently bought souvenirs of their pious journey such as ampullae (small bottles for holy water), badges and figurines. 14th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim badge from an unknown shrine. This badge depicts Jesus Christ as a baby…

Pilgrim badge from St Antony’s Hospital in Threadneedle Street, London. The badge is in the shape of a Tau cross (a T-shaped cross that resembles the Greek letter Tau). It is beaded around the edge and has a pearl at each outward corner. The cross is decorated with the figure of crucified Christ. Production Date: Late Medieval; 15th century

Pilgrim badge from St Antony’s Hospital in Threadneedle Street, London. The badge is in the shape of a Tau cross (a T-shaped cross that resembles the Greek letter Tau). It is beaded around the edge and has a pearl at each outward corner. The cross is decorated with the figure of crucified Christ. Production Date: Late Medieval; 15th century

Pilgrim badge Badge in the shape of a hand with a beaded cuff and a small loop at the top. There is a pin on the back. It is possible that this is a pilgrim souvenir, but if so, the shrine where it was made is unknown. Pilgrims who travelled to religious shrines frequently bought souvenirs of their pious journey such as ampullae (small bottles for holy water), badges and figurines.  Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

Pilgrim badge Badge in the shape of a hand with a beaded cuff and a small loop at the top. There is a pin on the back. It is possible that this is a pilgrim souvenir, but if so, the shrine where it was made is unknown. Pilgrims who travelled to religious shrines frequently bought souvenirs of their pious journey such as ampullae (small bottles for holy water), badges and figurines. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

Pilgrim badge from a shrine of St Leonard, probably in England. This badge depicts a standing figure of St Leonard. He wears a bishop’s vestments and mitre. In his left hand is a crosier (its shaft is slightly bent) and his right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing. Fetters hang from his right wrist. He is standing on a scroll with an inscription: ‘S LENARD’. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th century

Pilgrim badge from a shrine of St Leonard, probably in England. This badge depicts a standing figure of St Leonard. He wears a bishop’s vestments and mitre. In his left hand is a crosier (its shaft is slightly bent) and his right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing. Fetters hang from his right wrist. He is standing on a scroll with an inscription: ‘S LENARD’. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th century

Pilgrim badge, probably from the cult of Our Lady of Willesden. The badge depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus Christ within a crescent moon. The moon’s ever-changing aspect was used to highlight Mary’s contrasting steadfastness. Mary’s head is missing. She is holding Jesus on her left and a sceptre over her right shoulder. Production Date: Late Medieval; late 15th-early 16th century

Pilgrim badge, probably from the cult of Our Lady of Willesden. The badge depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus Christ within a crescent moon. The moon’s ever-changing aspect was used to highlight Mary’s contrasting steadfastness. Mary’s head is missing. She is holding Jesus on her left and a sceptre over her right shoulder. Production Date: Late Medieval; late 15th-early 16th century

pilgrim badge 1400 - 1500 Dimensions w. 3.5 x l. 3.9 cm Material and technique pewter-lead alloy

pilgrim badge 1400 - 1500 Dimensions w. cm Material and technique pewter-lead alloy

Pilgrim souvenir in the form of a spherical openwork rattle with a handle. It is decorated with four fleur de lys on each half. There is an acorn-shaped bell inside. At the top is a circular setting filled with a piece of glass. The glass may originally have been a mirror (mirrors were used on some pilgrim souvenirs to catch the reflection of holy relics at a shrine and so absorb some of their power). Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

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Pilgrim badge Part of a pilgrim badge from an unknown shrine in the form of a medallion. Only half the medallion survives. It is decorated with a diaper pattern and a fleur-de-lys. The edge is ribbed. Pilgrims who travelled to religious shrines frequently bought souvenirs of their pious journey such as ampullae (small bottles for holy water), badges and figurines.  Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th century

Pilgrim badge Part of a pilgrim badge from an unknown shrine in the form of a medallion. Only half the medallion survives. It is decorated with a diaper pattern and a fleur-de-lys. The edge is ribbed. Pilgrims who travelled to religious shrines frequently bought souvenirs of their pious journey such as ampullae (small bottles for holy water), badges and figurines. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th century

Pilgrim badge of Sta Maria Rotunda, from Rome in Italy. The Roman temple known as the Pantheon in Rome became a Christian church and was dedicated to Sta Maria Rotunda in AD 609. The Pantheon has a massive domed roof with a circular opening in the centre. This roof with its central opening can be seen at the top of this badge. In the centre of the badge is the figure of the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne. Production Date: Late Medieval; early-mid 14th century

Pilgrim badge of Sta Maria Rotunda, from Rome in Italy. The Roman temple known as the Pantheon in Rome became a Christian church and was dedicated to Sta Maria Rotunda in AD 609. The Pantheon has a massive domed roof with a circular opening in the centre. This roof with its central opening can be seen at the top of this badge. In the centre of the badge is the figure of the Virgin Mary sitting on a throne. Production Date: Late Medieval; early-mid 14th century

Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This ampulla is set in a solid rectangular plaque. The plaque has fleurs-de-lys projecting from each corner. On the front of the plaque are four hovering angels carrying cross-staffs. The back is decorated with hatched crossed bands. Production Date: Early Medieval; late 12th-early 13th century

Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This ampulla is set in a solid rectangular plaque. The plaque has fleurs-de-lys projecting from each corner. On the front of the plaque are four hovering angels carrying cross-staffs. The back is decorated with hatched crossed bands. Production Date: Early Medieval; late 12th-early 13th century

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