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This pewter badge is a replica of several originals from the middle of the 14th century. The badge depicts four knights in full armour, one decapitates Thomas Becket with his sword.
Sir Thomas Becket was the son of a London merchant. He studied theology in Paris and became chancellor of King Henry II of England in 1155 and archbishop of Canterbury in 1162. In 1164 he fell from the king's grace and was prosecuted. Bucket fled to the continent, where he stayed at the Abbey of Pontigny. The pope forced Henry to a compromise with Becket, after which he was able to return to England. At the same year four Norman knights took a lamentation of the king about Becket too literally, they travelled to Canterbury and killed Becket in the cathedral. Becket immediately became a martyr for the freedom of the church. On Ash Wednesday on the 21st february 1173 he was canonized by the pope.
This pewter badge measures 5,2 cm and is completely handmade.
Length: 4.4 cm
Width: 4.4 cm;
Based on a historic original: yes;
Transport weight (grams): 50 *
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.