HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » The DU Lounge (Forum) » Tiny Gold Book Found in E...

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:02 PM

Tiny Gold Book Found in English Field May Have Ties to Richard III

Buffy Bailey wielding a metal detector with the property owner’s approval heard a ping on her first pass alongside a path on farmland near York, England. Expecting to find a sheep’s ear tag or a tab from a drink can, the Lancaster resident instead dug up a small gold object shaped like a book. Bailey unearthed the gold book near Sheriff Hutton Castle, a former home of Richard III. According to BBC News, experts say the ornate object may have been owned by a relative of the English king—perhaps his wife, Anne Neville—and worn for protection during pregnancy and childbirth.

Weighing less than an ounce, the half-inch-long artifact appears to date back to the 15th century and is made of either 22- or 24-karat gold. Experts at the Yorkshire Museum identified the figures depicted in the book’s open “pages” as Saints Leonard and Margaret, patron saints of childbirth, reports Bhvishya Patel for the Daily Mail.

Julian Evan-Hart, editor of Treasure Hunting magazine, deems the find “exceptionally unique.” “The book is dated [to a period] when sumptuary law made it illegal for anyone other than the nobility to carry gold,” he says, as quoted by Jen Mills of Metro. “Automatically, then, it would have been the possession of someone highly notable, such as a member of royalty.”

Experts at the Yorkshire Museum are studying the gold book to learn more about its provenance. In accordance with the United Kingdom’s 1996 Treasure Act, which governs archaeological finds made by the public, the museum may decide to the purchase the object after it’s been assessed and valued. Proceeds will be split between Bailey and the farmland’s owner. “There’s nothing else like it in the world,” says, Bailey as quoted by BBC News. “It could be worth about $134,900 or more.”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/small-gold-charm-found-by-metal-detectorist-in-england-could-be-600-years-old-180979084/

17 replies, 2484 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 17 replies Author Time Post
Reply Tiny Gold Book Found in English Field May Have Ties to Richard III (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Nov 24 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 24 #1
Trueblue1968 Nov 25 #11
Pacifist Patriot Nov 25 #12
Trueblue1968 Nov 25 #17
RestoreAmerica2020 Nov 24 #2
left-of-center2012 Nov 24 #3
Pacifist Patriot Nov 25 #13
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #14
Turbineguy Nov 24 #4
Sedona Nov 24 #5
3catwoman3 Nov 24 #6
left-of-center2012 Nov 24 #7
3catwoman3 Nov 24 #9
iluvtennis Nov 24 #8
mrsadm Nov 24 #10
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #15
left-of-center2012 Nov 25 #16

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:12 PM

1. That was a truly lucky find!

The historical value is more important (to me) than the money.

I always found Richard III most fascinating and even though we're not sure that this was part of his kingdom, it's still amazing.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 02:10 AM

11. I wish King Richard III had won the Battle of Bosworth and killed Henry Tudor, Bastard stock

Did Henry Tudor have a legitimate claim to the throne?
Image result for henry Vii Tudor came from bastard stock
Henry became King of England because he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field and declared himself king. His claim to the English throne by blood was weak. ... There is no evidence that Owen and Catherine were ever married, making Henry VII's claim to the throne as a legitimate heir even more tenuous.

https://historyhowithappened.com/is-the-tudor-dynasty-illegitimate-at-the-beginning-of-henry-viiis-reign/

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Trueblue1968 (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:46 PM

12. I walked Bosworth Field in 2007.

Had a good cry.

Yes, I'm weird. 😀

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 08:27 PM

17. i would have cried too. i was in UK in 2001 and cried at several points in our trip.

full filed a teenage dream of mine to travel to the UK, Ireland, Scotland and England. I would so love to vacation there again.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:13 PM

2. What an amazing find! Thanks fascinating stuff people find--think I'll go out and and

..get me a metal detector for xmas. My dad had one when we were younger-you never know what u can find.

Thanks. Paz.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:18 PM

3. My brother uses a metal detector

He once found a high school ring in a field and was able to trace it back and return it to a woman who'd lost it 20 years earlier.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:46 PM

13. That's awesome!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:33 PM

14. That's really cool!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 07:23 PM

4. Hmmm....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 08:08 PM

5. Anne Neville was a truly tragic person

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 08:32 PM

6. Is there a "finders-keepers"...

...option?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 08:34 PM

7. That's covered in the fourth paragraph of the OP

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 09:10 PM

9. Tahnk you. I will go back and read...

...more closely.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 08:54 PM

8. Wow!! n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Nov 24, 2021, 10:36 PM

10. Fascinating! Thank you for posting this!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:47 PM

15. Oh, it's really tiny! (missed that)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 07:04 PM

16. Half inch long

Less than an ounce

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread