Badge, Tudor Rose
1.06 x 0.88 x 0.19 in. (2.7 x 2.22 x 0.48 cm)
Medium and Support:
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William and Toni Conte, 2002 (2002.306.9)
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Originally worn by medieval knights in tournaments, badges were worn on clothing by a ruler’s supporters and dependents. In the fourteenth century, they were widely distributed by kings and lords. The Hart badge was designed for the followers of King Richard II of England (1367-1399). His livery emblem was a white hart, or stag.
Royal badges depicting the Tudor Rose became popular after King Henry VII ended the Wars of the Roses. This emblem was officially recognized after Henry’s marriage to Elizabeth of York in 1486, which united the Houses of Lancaster and York. The Tudor Rose, a symbol of the family’s power, was carved into buildings and embroidered on clothing. The emblem is still used today on the uniforms of the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London and the English 20 pence coin.