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  Home: Features: Middle Ages in the News: 1998 Bookmark and Share

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Below you will find 6 items from around the world on many different topics in the news concerning the Middle Ages. These might range from obituaries of great scholars of the period to articles about the last efforts to preserve a medieval barn. The Middle Ages comes up quite regularly in the news and so we will aim to bring you the latest. To help with that we have also set up two methods for you to get these items:

Making Blue the Green Way
Scientists have recreated the technique medieval people used to dye their clothes blue. It employs bacteria rather than chemicals and is potentially more environmentally friendly. Indigo, the dye which is still used to make millions of jeans blue, was first found in plants like woad. Medieval warriors used it to make their faces appear extra-fierce.
Source: BBC News       Date: 18 Nov 1998

Battle Over Hastings Tea-Shop
Swords have been drawn over a plan by English Heritage to put a café within a spear's throw of the spot where King Harold of England was killed in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. English Heritage believes visitors to the ruins of the abbey that William the Conqueror built to atone for those who died in battle should be able to buy a cup of tea.
Source: BBC News       Date: 5 Nov 1998

Notre Dame Statues Vandalised
It's been revealed in Paris that vandals have stolen the head of a statue from the centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral, a celebrated Gothic masterpiece. Five other statues decorating the building's western face have also been damaged, apparently with a hammer or similar tool.
Source: BBC News       Date: 6 Oct 1998

Walker Stumbles on Medieval Treasure in Austrian Field
A walker crossing a freshly-ploughed field in central Austria has stumbled on the largest collection of medieval jewellery ever discovered in Europe. Excavations revealed more than nine-thousand items comprising silver bars, gold leaf and coins. The items are believed to be from a goldsmith's workshop, hidden for safekeeping during fighting in the late thirteenth century.
Source: BBC News       Date: 26 Sep 1998

'We Want the Good Book'
Campaigners who want some ancient gospels to be returned to the North East have visited London this weekend to ask for them back. The illuminated manuscripts, known as the Lindisfarne Gospels, were produced by monks on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the seventh century. Fears that they might fall into Viking hands led to them being taken to the city of Durham on the mainland.
Source: BBC News       Date: 21 Mar 1998

Give Us Back the Gospels
Campaigners are fighting to have one of Britain's greatest religious treasures, the Lindisfarne Gospels, permanently returned to their historical home. The Bishop of Durham and several local MPs are calling for the manuscript to be put on show in the north-east of England before the end of 1999. They say there is a growing popular feeling that the return should be a permanent one.
Source: BBC News       Date: 4 Feb 1998


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