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WorldTreasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York

11:05  15 june  2019
11:05  15 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Treasure hunter finds ring ' worn by TWO of the 15th-century monarch' s six wives ' in a field in York . Paul Ibbotson found a bejeweled golf ring in a field and knew it His fanciful story will intrigue visitors to a museum in York when the 15th-century ring – valued at £ 20 , 000 – goes on display later this year.

Treasure hunter finds ring ' worn by TWO of the 15th-century monarch' s six wives ' in a field in York . Paul Ibbotson found a bejeweled golf ring in a It was officially declared treasure and he and the landowner received £ 10, 000 each. Now, after more than two years of research, Mr Ibbotson believes.

When metal detectorist Paul Ibbotson found a bejewelled gold ring in a farmer’s field he knew it was special.

Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The ring (pictured above) was valued at £20,000 But when he researched it he became convinced it may have belonged to two of Henry VIII’s wives and was last worn by Catherine Howard months before she was beheaded.

His fanciful story will intrigue visitors to a museum in York when the 15th-century ring – valued at £20,000 – goes on display later this year.

Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Paul Ibbotson

But experts, while describing the gold ring set with ruby and emerald as an ‘incredible treasure’, say its provenance cannot be proved.

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finds Henry VIII ' s wives ' ring worth k Paul Ibbotson found a bejewelled gold ring in a farmer ' s field in York which may have been worn by Anne Mr Ibbotson believes Anne gave her the ring and she wore it when the royal couple arrived in York in 1541. Treasure hunter , 52 , finds £ 20 , 000 ring

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Mr Ibbotson, 52, from Blackpool, found it in a field at Fulford, near York, in December 2016. It was officially declared treasure and he and the landowner received £10,000 each. Now, after more than two years of research, Mr Ibbotson believes it could be the ring on the index finger of Anne of Cleves in Hans Holbein’s 1539 portrait.

Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Could Anne of Cleeves have worn the same ring? The portrait above shows her wearing beautiful jewells

The painting convinced King Henry VIII to marry her but he was disappointed when he met her in real life and their marriage the following year was never consummated, and annulled.

Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The ring (pictured above) will be displayed at a Museum in York later this year with experts saying it's an 'impossible story' Meanwhile, Catherine Howard, a lady-in-waiting, had caught Henry’s eye at court and became his fifth wife in July 1540. Mr Ibbotson believes Anne gave her the ring and she wore it when the royal couple arrived in York in 1541.

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Two years later, Catherine married Henry VIII – who was five years her junior – shortly after he had ascended the throne. Later, Catherine had become embroiled in an extramarital affair with the Dowager’ s secretary Francis Dereham. After the Dowager Duchess found out, Catherine was sent to

Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. Henry is best known for his six marriages, and, in particular, his efforts to have his first marriage (to Catherine of Aragon) annulled.

Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Henry VIII's wives and how their fates panned out while being married to one of the most famous kings of all time He suggests Catherine and her lover the courtier Thomas Culpeper may have met in the area and that she threw it to the ground to show her love for him over the king. The lovers were both eventually executed.

Lucy Creighton, of the Yorkshire Museum, said the story ‘is impossible to verify [but] this doesn’t make the ring any less special’.

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Treasure hunter, 52, finds £20,000 ring 'worn by two of Henry VIII's wives' in a farmer's field in York

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