Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England
by The Venerable Bede
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The Ecclesiastical History of England
examines the religious and political history of the
Anglo-Saxons from the fifth century to 731 AD. St. Bede's
historical survey opens with a broad outline of Roman
Britain's geography and history. St. Bede pays special
attention to the disagreement between Roman and Celtic
Christians, the dates and locations of significant events
in the Christian calendar, and political upheaval during
the 600's. St. Bede collected information from a variety
of monasteries, early Church and government writings, and
the oral histories of Rome and Britain. This book is
useful to people looking for a brief survey of religious
and political figures and events in Anglo-Saxon history.
Readers should recognize that St. Bede's religious and
political biases are subtly reflected in his
historiography, diminishing its objectivity. Nonetheless,
his Ecclesiastical History of England is one of the most
important texts of the Anglo-Saxon history. The book's
historical import is evidenced by the fact that nearly 200 hand written
copies were produced in the Middle Ages. St. Bede's text has since been
translated into several different languages.
CCEL Staff Writer
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