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Gilded Rowel 1300AD to 1399AD

  • Spur rowel

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A rowel is a wheel-like part of a spur. This must be part of a special set because it is gilded. Only rich people could afford to keep horses for riding.

This item was found within the City of Carlisle which because of its Royal Charter was outside the Feudal system of land ownership.

Gilded spurs were buckled onto a man's heels as part of the formal ceremony of knighting. This would have placed him in an elevated position within the social hierarchy that underpinned the Feudal system.

Related to this rowel spur

Key facts: 
  • Gilded spurs were attached to a man's heels in the formal Knighting ceremony in medieval times. This gave him a higher status within the Feudal hierarchy.

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