In the Middle Ages the Archangel Michael was regarded as a leader of the spiritual forces in the fight against evil. He was also regarded as a protector of high places, hence the many hills and mountains named after him. When Saint Michael was adopted as the patron Saint of France in the 14th century Mont Saint Michel became perhaps the foremost shrine in France, attracting thousands of visitors a year. This replica badge depicts Saint Michael slaying the Devil, and would most likely have been purchased by a pilgrim as a souvenir of a visit to Mont Saint Michel.
Copied from an original in a primary British reserve collection. Information available on request.
Please note: This badge is fitted with a modern tie-type pin and clutch which will not mar clothing. Pin cannot be seen when the badge is afixed to clothing or hat.
Description: The archangel in full armour and brandishing spear while standing upon the devil.
Period: 14th/ 15th cent.
Provenance: English, available on request
Material: Lead-free pewter
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 September, 2008.