One of the key outcomes for the Bearers of the Cross project is to create an online resource which details the medieval objects held in the collection at the Museum of the Order of St John. This resource is hosted on this website, and you can begin to explore it HERE (although note that we... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Cast of circular seal: in a cusped border a monumental cross, on its left a castle with 3 towers, on the right a knight kneeling, and 4 fleur-de-lis. Cast of circular counter seal: a cross fleury s...
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...
Cast of a circular seal with an Agnus Dei surrounded by legend. Around the edge of the seal reads: Collection des Archives Nationales.
Cast of a circular seal with a central fleur-de-lis surrounded by legend. Around the edge of the seal reads: Collection des Archives Nationales.
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.
A shield of arms quarterly, 1st and 4th with a cross patee, and 2nd and 3rd vairy.
Circular cast of a seal showing the Agnus Dei with legend around whole.
Cast of circular seal with central motif of an eagle displayed between two fleur-de-lis, surrounded by legend. And, cast of a counterseal in the form of an oval gem, with a central bird surrounded ...
Circular, patriarchal cross with legend around whole.