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Talisman for warding off evil spirits in Middle Ages found in Norfolk

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A  silver gilt cross with size 14mm by 12mm (0.5in by 0.4in) from the 15th Century was recently found by a metal detectorist near Wramplingham in Norfolk.

During the Middle Ages, a feared disease named  St Anthony's Fire, affecting both humans and livestock, which caused dreadful symptoms developed in Europe and soon became
widespread.
It was initially believed to be the cause of bewitchment, therefore supersticious people would wear a talisman in the form of a cross in an attempt to ward off the evil spirits.

Norfolk's finds liaison officer for the county's Historic Environment Service, Julie Shoemark said that the symptoms were, amongst others, mania, convulsions, skin lesions and in
the progressive stage, gangrene.

The name St.Anthony's Fire came about after the disease broke out in France and hospitals were specially erected to treat victims. Gaston de la Valloire a nobleman of the Dauphiné,
was the founder of these hospitals and dedicated them to Saint Anthony (c…

"Mourning ring" with custom engraving found buried in Wales.

The ring features a custom engraving reading "prepared bee to follow me".

Mr. Ron Pitman found a gold mourning ring while metal detecting on a muddy, ploughed farmland growing maize, in Gower, Wales.
The outside is engraved with a trellis-style pattern. Inside reads an inscription "prepared bee to follow me." These words serves as a reminder to be spiritually and mentally prepared, as death may arrive at any time.  It was a common practice during the 1600's to use an extra "e" in writing.
The use of mourning rings came in use during the Middle Ages and the height of their popularity was following the Great Plague of London in the 1660's.
The names and date of passing of the deceased were engraved by grieving loved ones. When setting up a will people would often provide instructions and leave money for the purpose of buying and engraving such rings.
In the case of the Gower ring, the name of the deceased in who's honor the ring was engraved is not known and it is possible that the "me" mentioned in the wording may refer to death itself.
The examiner at the Department of Archaeology and Numismatics at the National Museum in Cardiff, Mr. Mark Redknapp said that rings like these are often difficult to date, but the decoration and expression of the engraved message suggests a date around 17th century (300 years old). The jewellery item has been declared a treasure and Swansea Museum is interested in acquiring it.
Similar examples of mourning rings found in the U.K featured engraved messages like "Wee part to meete" and all dated back to the 17th century.

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