While I understand the need to make a romantic story out of this lovely brooch, and yes, it’s not impossible that it was indeed a love token from Hastings to his wife, but the inclusion of the old chestnut about Richard having Hastings beheaded ‘on the spot’ ruins it all. Why not simply say he was executed for treason. That would be enough to still make it a tragic story of doomed love.
And if Hastings was so in love with his wife, why all the other women? Because he couldn’t keep it in his codpiece, that’s why!
To read the entire Leicester Mercury article, see here.
Here’s more about the outcome of the auction.