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Personal Devotion at the British Museum

Posted April 29, 2016 11:24 am by Rosie Weetch under Collections Impact Project updates

On Friday 22nd April we had the privilege of leading one of the regular medieval handling sessions hosted by the British Museum and the Medieval Touch research group from the Courtauld Institute. We used the session to introduce the Bearers of the Cross project, and to explore two of the key themes that underpin our research: lived religion and... Read more »

The University of Reading Visit the Museum

Posted February 18, 2016 4:36 pm by Rosie Weetch under Project updates

On February 18th 2016 the Bearers of the Cross project and the Museum of the Order of St John were very glad to welcome Dr Aleks Pluskowski and a group of his undergraduate and postgraduate students studying the Crusades in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. The students were first given a tour of the church by... Read more »

About Us

Posted February 6, 2016 8:21 pm by admin under

Who are we? Dr William Purkis William is the Principal Investigator on the Bearers of the Cross project and Reader in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. He is a historian of medieval religious cultures (c.1000–c.1300), with particular interests in crusading and Latin Christian traditions of pilgrimage and monasticism, and is currently writing a monograph... Read more »

Project

Posted February 6, 2016 7:58 am by admin under

Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 is being led by Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham) and is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It will run from October 2015 to December 2017 and its primary aim is to develop new knowledge and understanding of... Read more »

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Seal and counter-seal casts of the Grand Prior Robert de Diva

4561 1223 - 1234 Museum of the Order of St John

Seal shows head of John the Baptist with star, sun and crescent moon on left and right, set within legend. Counter-seal shows a lamb with a three tailed flag carried upon a patriarchal cross.

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Casts of seal and counter seal of Richard de Turk, Prior of England

4036 1165 - 1170 Museum of the Order of St John

Seal is pointed oval with design of the Master kneeling in adoration to the right before an altar on which is a patriarchal cross. A small oval counter seal with impression of an antique oval intag...

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Cast of a seal of The Priory of Corbeil, 1226.

2243 1226 Museum of the Order of St John

Cast of a circular seal with an Agnus Dei surrounded by legend. Around the edge of the seal reads: Collection des Archives Nationales.

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Casts of seal and counter-seal of Grand Prior Robert de Dive

4041 1223 - 1234 Museum of the Order of St John

The cast of the seal shows head of John the Baptist surrounded by legend. The cast of the counter-seal has an Agnus Dei with a three tailed flag carried upon a patriarchal cross.