There are some stunning gold rings surviving from Anglo-Saxon England. One of the Old English poetic synonyms for 'king' is 'ring-giver', and it may be that the two magnificent rings now in the British Museum were designed as high-status gifts, rather than being the personal possessions of King Athelwulf of Wessex or his daughter, Queen Athelswith of Mercia, whose names are inscribed on the rings.


Bardney today is a village in Lincolnshire, 11 miles east of Lincoln.