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Gold 15th century bishop's ring valued at £10 000 found in Yorkshire

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Adam Day is a 30-year-old lorry driver from Yorkshire.  He recently started a metal detecting hobby and is considered to be an amateur treasure hunter.  Never did he consider his newfound hobby would bring him fame and fortune so soon.
During a search on a farmer's ploughed field near Beverley Minster in Yorkshire he came upon an amazing discovery, a 15th-century bishop's ring made of 20-carat gold.  He recalls the moment when first looking at the ring he just pulled out of the ground and realized it was of significant value and says that he was shaking at the thought of what special piece of jewelry was right there in his hands.

The gold ring is skillfully crafted and engraved with St George and St.Catherine as well as several decorative floral emblems. Since Beverley Minster is close to the location where the artefact was discovered, it is believed that it belonged in the distant past to a bishop from the local church. It has been dated  to between 1450-1550.' The medi…

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.251-356) who was one of the earliest monks and considered the founder and father of organized Christian monasticism, who's rule represented one of the first attempts to codify guidelines for monastic living.  Monks from the Order of St.Anthony treated people infected with the disease in those hospitals.

The word "fire" refers to the burning sensations people experienced during the gangrenous stage of the disease.

 It was not until 1670 that a French physician, Dr. Thuillier discovered the cause after realizing it was not contagious. It was caused by a fungus infection in Rye named Ergot and spread to humans through consumption.
Rye bread was very popular during that time amongst poor and middle class people.  The name of the disease was changed to Ergotism.
The latest outbreak of Ergotism has been reported in 1951, in a French village called Pont Saint Esprit.  About 1 in 20 people in the village of 4000 contracted the disease, as the cause is known, it was possible to halt it's progression.

The medieval cross was declared a treasure and Norwich Castle Museum hopes to buy it for display.


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