Charles Brandon's falconry vervel shows royal connection

Charles Brandon, the first duke of Suffolk, was a great chum of Henry VIII. In fact, he married Henry's sister Mary. Evidence of this royal connection was discovered recently in the form of a silver vervel found in a Norfolk, England field.

The vervel, which sports the royal arms on one face and the arms of Brandon on the other, is a tag which marked a falcon. The discovery was a rare one since the bird would have had to die in the field to lose the tag. "Brandon probably went hawking here on a number of occasions so this could have been dropped on any of those visits, we just know it was sometime around 1520 to the 1540s," said Adrian Marsden, finds officer at Norwich Castle Museum.