Medieval Badges

Medieval badges are small, brooch-like objects featuring an image or symbol that was widely familiar in the high and late Middle Ages (ca. 1150-1500 C.E.). Largely mass-produced from tin-lead alloys, over 20,000 medieval badges have survived.

Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen has created a Medieval Badges resource website to share knowledge about medieval badges, and ideas and tools for studying them. The website makes available on a regular basis, in open-access format research produced by students that follows principles of sound scholarship and has been reviewed by scholars. It also makes available in open access format previously published work on badges by the team of scholars. The website regularly updates information about the insight grant team members’ scholarly activities on medieval badges, including planned and forthcoming publications and upcoming presentations and exhibitions.