A Tale of Two Medieval Rings
The two gold rings, thought to be about 600 years old
An interesting article about two beautiful gold medieval rings caught my eye. The article explains how the rings, thought to be about 600 years old were found in a field in Dorset. The larger one would have been worn over a glove while the smaller one, which features a letter R which was probably the initial of the owner, was worn on the same finger but under the glove. When they were found the small one was still inside the larger one, the glove and remains of the owner having rotted away.
The small ring, worn directly on the finger
The larger ring which would have been worn over a glove
My initial thought was how lucky someone was to be able to afford such beautiful treasure. However as I read more of the article my second thought was what on earth had gone one here? What fate had befallen the owner of these rings? They must have died wearing the glove? Or was this the remains of a burial that had maybe been exhumed from a nearby church (similar to the remains of Henry Vlll’s last wife Katherine Parr, whose remains had turned up in a field too). Had the owner perhaps been murdered? Maybe he had an accident while on a journey and his body lay undiscovered. What scenario could it have been where the rings would not have been stolen or looted? We will never know of course. The truth will remain hidden. But I’m pretty sure these rings would have quite a story to tell if only they could speak..and that story would be dark.