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  • Production date:

    Late Medieval; late 14th century

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Late Medieval Religion: Worship

  • Pilgrim badge, probably from the shrine of St Jos at Saint-Josse-sur-Mer, France. Born the son of a king of Brittany in the 7th century, Jos gave up his wealth and position to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. He then became a hermit in a monastery near Étaples, which was later named after him as Saint-Josse-sur-Mer. After he died his body was miraculously preserved and his beard continued to grow, which was thought to be a sign of his sanctity. His hermitage became a popular stopping point for English pilgrims after arriving in France on the way to more distant shrines. This badge is in the form of a bearded man wearing a full-length robe and a hooded cloak. His holds a rosary in his left hand and a staff with an animal’s head in his right.

  • Measurements

    L 72 mm; W 34 mm

  • Materials

    lead alloy

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related Group

    Medieval pilgrim souvenirs


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