No satisfactory explanation has been given for the burial of a large Saxon gold hoard found in Hammerwich, Staffordshire in 2009.
Speculation on who buried the treasure has led to many ideas based on battles, warriors and plundering kings.
An alternative vision is given with greater emphasis placed on the religious items, the early church at Lichfield and the amassing of artwork in religious houses from the seventh century onwards.
The Christian pieces are explained in new ways and the gold is discussed from the point of view of a Churl, Monk, Bishop, Warrior and King.
An argument is presented based on available evidence to suggest why the hoard was buried and who possibly might have buried the precious items in despair.
Archaeology, local history, Saxon beliefs and historical events are brought together to give a new way of seeing the Staffordshire Hoard.