Take a Step Back in Time

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This tiny but exquisite gold ring seal was discovered in Norwich in 1998 and now resides at the Castle Museum. It’s 98% pure gold. It depicts a naked, bearded man and a naked, long-haired woman. It is believed to have belonged to a 7th Century French Queen, Baldehilde, who had been born in Norwich. She was originally an Anglo-Saxon slave who was so beautiful that she attracted the King of France. There are many artifacts of hers that still exist, including a lock of her hair. Whilst Queen, she attempted to stop slavery, 1000 years before the slave trade was abolished. Her last years were spent in a monastery. 

This tiny but exquisite gold ring seal was discovered in Norwich in 1998 and now resides at the Castle Museum. It’s 98% pure gold. It depicts a naked, bearded man and a naked, long-haired woman. It is believed to have belonged to a 7th Century French Queen, Baldehilde, who had been born in Norwich. She was originally an Anglo-Saxon slave who was so beautiful that she attracted the King of France. There are many artifacts of hers that still exist, including a lock of her hair. Whilst Queen, she attempted to stop slavery, 1000 years before the slave trade was abolished. Her last years were spent in a monastery. 

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