Did ring found in field once belong to Shakespeare?

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Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford. Relatives of the Bard can be traced to the neighbouring village of Snitterfield but there's no firm evidence the family had connections with Rowington where the ring was found.

THE origins of a gold ring discovered in a field by a metal-detecting enthusiast at Shakespeare Hall in Rowington remain a mystery.

The posy ring was recently dug up by grandmother Sue Kilvert while she was metal detecting with fellow enthusiasts near the historic hall and some of her friends suggested the ring might have belonged to Shakespeare as the hall was owned by a family with the surname Shakespeare 500 years ago.

The small ring has a delicate red and white enamel and carries the inscription ‘Truth Betrayes Not’. Its discovery has been brought to the attention of curators at Birmingham Museums and will be inspected in the coming months.

Dr Paul Edmondson, head of research and knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “There were many Shakespeares living in and around Rowington, Temple Balsall, Lapworth, Packwood, Knowle, Warwick and Wroxall during William’s time, and it has often been suggested that there might be connections between them, but William’s family-tree cannot be traced any further back than his grandfather, Richard Shakespeare of Snitterfield.

 

 

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  • There is absolutely no reason to believe this ring might not have belonged to the famous William Shakspere of Stratford. The evidence supporting this theory is at least as strong as the evidence that he was a famous writer.