In yesterdays edition of the Times newspaper an interesting article concerning the upcoming auction of a ring given by King Charles 11 to a woman who helped to save his life. The ring is expected to fetch up to £10,000 and what a fantastic piece of history to own for whoever ends up owning the ring.
The lady concerned, one Lady Jane Lane risked her own life in aiding the King's flight after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles was an exceptionally tall man by the standards of the time which made the enterprise all the more difficult. Lady Jane dressed him as a member of her household staff and they travelled to Bristol seeking a boat out of England, they were unlucky as no boat was due to sail for a month.
The price on the Kings head was £1,000 a small fortune in those times, his luck held although not before some very close calls, Charles did eventually leave England and spent nine years in exile in France, returning after Cromwell's death to reclaim the throne.
He Gave the ring to Lady Jane who was by now Lady Fisher as a token of his thanks.