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The Newsletter for the Medieval History Site at About.com

Vol. III, No. 13
June 26, 2000


•Thumbs Down for Bede
•Another Supper
•Bilking Elizabeth
•Chat Tonight!



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The initial results of our visitor survey will be posted next week. But I didn't want to wait another day to bring you the fresh news stories below. After all, the Middle Ages rarely gets this hot! .

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In the News

No Bede statue

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, made it clear he would veto a movement to put a statue of the Venerable Bede on a vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square. His reasons? "Bede is really the Church's airbrushed version of British history because he ignores our pagan past. The problem with Bede is that he doesn't mention Arthur at all in his body of writings, so he is a bit politically incorrect."

Bede is a treasured source for medievalists, in no small part due to his careful distinctions between hearsay and fact. Why Mr. Livingstone thinks the omission of a legendary figure in a factual chronicle makes Bede "politically incorrect" is unclear.

For more information, see the feature by Tom Baldwin at the Times UK.

Post your opinion in our Bede Poll: Should there be a statue?

Share your thoughts on our forum. Are there good reasons to keep Bede out of Trafalgar, or is Livingstone merely displaying his ignorance?

Be sure to visit Bede in "Who's Who in Medieval History" for more resources about this early English historian.


Cemetery discovered at Sutton Hoo

1,500-year-old burial plots and cremation sites have been discovered near the Sutton Hoo excavations. For more info, visit the article at BBC News.

Sixth-century crosier uncovered

In a bog in County Offaly, Ireland, archaeologists have discovered a broken but otherwise well-preserved bishop's crosier dating to the late sixth century. Get more details at the Irish Times.

Byzantine Aquaculture

A complex network of fish ponds dating to about 1,400 years ago has been excavated at Tel Tanninim, Israel. For more info see the article by Eric Powell at Discover.com.

Tombs discovered in 10th-century Spanish church

Eighteen tombs, many containing well-preserved remains, have been discovered in the ruins of a church in Castellar del Valles, Spain. More information can be found at the Washington Post Online.

Second Last Supper

Da Vinci appears to have painted his masterpiece twice. Another version of The Last Supper has been discovered in the Church of San Rocco at Inzago, northeast of Milan. For more info visit the article by Richard Owen at the Times UK.

Elizabethan fraud

Did Sir Martin Frobisher try to cheat Queen Elizabeth I with a fraudulent mineral find? Get the facts in the article by Norman Hammond at the Times UK.

Solstice at Stonehenge

For the first time in a decade the famous stone circle was open for business on the Summer Solstice. See what happened in the feature by Simon de Bruxelles at the Times UK.



Site Update

Directory Reorganization

The process of breaking some of our longer net link pages into several pages continues. The following subject pages are now multi-page indices:

Battles & Wars
Heresy and the Inquisition

The following indices contain new pages:

Medieval Christianity
Military History
Philosophy & Theology
Women of the Middle Ages

New Net Links

New links have been added to the following pages:

Be Good or Be Damned (from About.com)
Battles & Conflicts
Seige of Berwick & Battle of Halidon Hill
Byzantine Art and Architecture
Focus on Hagia Sophia (also added to Byzantine Places)
General Arthurian Studies
King Arthur: A Man for the Ages
Topics in Arthurian Studies
Standing Stones and Stone Circles
Clothing & Fabrics
Early English Costume (from About.com)
General Iberian Studies
LIBRO (also added to Online Libraries)
General Medieval Scottish History
The Ruthwell Cross (from About.com)
Wars of the Roses
Bosworth Field Map

New in Who's Who 

The following people have been added to our new resource, Who's Who in Medieval History:
Giotto di Bondone
King Henry II Plantagenet
Jan Hus
Martin Luther



Chat Tonight!

Join me in the Solar for a conversation about your favorite medieval topics. Chat times are:

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UTC: Tuesday, 12-2 am
Eastern Australia: Tuesday, 10 am-12 noon

Elsewhere at About.com

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Fireballs and other strange phenomena preceded the deadliest earthquake of the twentieth century. Guide Jennifer Rosenberg has the gripping details of Tangshan.



Quote of the Knight

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell,1984


I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Knightly Newsletter. Have a great week!

Melissa Snell
Your Medieval History Guide at About.com


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