Medieval London

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Detail of King Solomon reading a book and wearing a brooch. Compared to the Virgin Mary in Figure 1, King Solomon's brooch is much less ornate, which was consistent with the idea that men wore less ornate and elaborate brooches then women. From BL,…

Detail from the Luttrell Psalter, showing a peasant laborer working with leather gloves on (British Library, Add MS 42130, f. 87v)

This manuscript depicts Mary at the foot of the cross where Jesus was crucified. She is seen with a brooch fastening her cloak together. From BL, Additional Ms 50001, f. 22

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Fig. 3 – Published by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, this image depicts a key of medieval London made in c. 1150 and used to both lock and unlock caskets. Formed from a copper-alloy, its shape and design were similar to those used to open chests at…

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This sixteenth-century manuscript illumination depicts a Polish bishop wearing a chest cross that appears similar to a reliquary pendant. Reliquary pendants were often worn by prominent members of the clergy to indicate their high status and…

Chalices were essential to the ecclesiastical functions of the Catholic church in medieval London because they played a vital role in transubstantiation, or the conversion of the Eucharist and communion wine into the body and blood of Jesus. When…

Map of neighborhood surrounding the area where the chalice was found (circled in red). Possible places of origination include the parish church of St. Olave towards the Tower (green), Crutched Friars Friary (blue), and St. Mary Grace's Abbey (black).

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This is a burial chalice recovered from the tomb of Archbishop William de Melton in York. Dated around the mid fourteenth century, the chalice is made of silver and has an engraving of a crucified Jesus Christ on the base.

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This gilded reliquary casket, dated to the years immediately following St. Thomas Becket's canonization, display a narrative of Becket's life and martyrdom. Reliquaries often were used to assert the sanctity of the saint they were said to contain, as…

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Thirteenth-century French manuscript illumination from a psalter depicting a reliquary procession. Processions like these were often performed in medieval European towns and villages on the feast days of the saints whose relics were contained in the…
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