Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Was the discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb a thief?

Was the discoverer of Tutankamun’s tomb a thief?
Matthias Schulz reports in Der Spiegel Online on the power struggles that followed the British explorer Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun as he sought to send as much of the treasure as possible to England and the United States.
In Tutankhamun’s Last Guardian Desmond Zwar explores the career of the man who claimed to have spent seven years living in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, guarding it while Howard carter examined its content.

Europeans may have visited Hawaii two centuries before Captain Cook landed in 1778
In the Los Angeles Times, Alana Semuels reports on an amateur historian’s fight to prove that the Hawaiian Islands were visited two centuries before Captain Cook landed in 1778. Rick Rogers is convinced that Spanish and Dutch ships landed in Hawaii in the 16th and 17th centuries and that these early European contacts had a profound impact on Hawaiian culture.

Church of England’s historic bishops’ palaces in danger
Many of the residences of the bishops of the Church of England risk being sold to developers and could be turned into hotels, apartments or museums, according to a report by Martin Beckford in The Telegraph. The residences have belonged to the Church for centuries and many are listed as heritage properties or historic palaces, but they are costly to maintain. There currently exists a policy of reviewing the residences when the incumbent bishop turns 62 to check their condition and determine whether they still provide value for money. Of the 30 properties which have been reviewed so far, six have been judged unsuitable, including Rose Castle in Carlisle and Hartlebury Castle in Worcester. A further eight houses are due to be inspected this year.

The Vatican helped Jews and ‘provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way’ during the Second World War
Following accusations that the wartime Pope Pius XII failed to speak out against the Holocaust, Pope Benedict XVI defended the actions of the Vatican during the Second World War on a recent visit to Rome’s main synagogue.
Read the article on the website of the BBC.
Could Britain have done more to prevent the Holocaust?
In Britain and the Holocaust: A Critique William D. Rubinstein takes issue with the argument that Britain could have done more to prevent the Holocaust.

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