This is the first major catalogue in English devoted to medieval badges. These fascinating objects provide us with a guide to the popularity of different cults and pilgrim centres, supplying evidence of the sometimes arduous journeys not only to famous and far-off sanctuaries like Compostela, but to native shrines such as that of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury, or the tombs of local, unofficial saints. Often mass-produced and sold in tens of thousands, pilgrim souvenirs offer pointers to fashion in contemporary precious jewellery. The secular badges include a wealth of non-religious imagery, playful and amatory, satirical, celebratory and heraldic. Illustrating nearly 800 items of popular medieval jewellery, the catalogue contained within the book describes previously unpublished finds retrieved from datable archaeological London waterfront deposits, and provides the basis of a chronological framework for future excavations.BRIAN SPENCER was the Senior Keeper at the Museum of London, with special responsibility for the Museum's collection of medieval everyday objects.
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BRIAN SPENCER was the Senior Keeper at the Museum of London, with special responsibility for the Museum's collection of medieval everyday objects.Review:
It is good to see that these riches - long concealed in the layers of mud beneath our capital city - have been excavated, restored and put on view. --The Art Newspaper
[A] valuable volume. --Mediaevistik
The need for more copies of this invaluable reference work in the wake of the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme is evident. --Medieval Archaeology
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Book Description HMSO, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. x + 349pp, inc. figs, tables & plates, laminated board, 8vo bottom corners bumped. Bookseller Inventory # 55852
Book Description Stationery Office, London, 1998. Turquoise Board. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Museum of London. This major catalogue devoted to medieval badges: describes previously unpublished finds retrieved from datable archaeological London waterfront deposits; provides the basis of a chronological framework for future excavations; includes unique specimens from abroad, and other examples of lesser-known pieces; illustrates nearly 800 items of popular medieval jewellery. 349 pp lavishly illustrated with b/w photographs, sketches and maps. The front cover is scratched and the extremities rubbed but the binding is tight. Page x and the Abbreviations table have some very pale smeary marks but these in no way affect the legibility of the printed matter. The cut edges show several tiny grubby areas but the pages and actual text are very clean and unmarked. Weighs 1200g so will incur higher postal rate. Size: 7 1/2 x 10 ". Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # 006445
Book Description HMSO, London, 1998. Book Condition: As New. 249p hardback with blue laminated boards, plates throughout, nice clean copy, very well preserved, hardly used, tight and firm. Bookseller Inventory # PAB 151714
Book Description The stationary Office, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. A nearly new copy bound in the publisher's laminated hardcover binding: firm, clean, square and tight with no underlining or splits. Bookseller Inventory # 061096