The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica

The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica
Title The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica PDF eBook
Author Sharon M. Rowley
Publisher Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Pages 272
Release 2011
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1843842734

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Pioneering examination of the Old English version of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica and its reception in the middle ages, from a theoretically informed, multi-disciplinary perspective. The first full-length study of the Old English version of Bede's masterwork, dealing with one of the most important texts to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. The subjects treated range from a detailed analysis of the manuscriptsand the medieval use of them to a very satisfying conclusion that summarizes all the major issues related to the work, giving a compelling summary of the value and importance of this independent creation. Dr Rowley convincingly argues that the Old English version is not an inferior imitation of Bede's work, but represents an intelligent reworking of the text for a later generation. An exhaustive study and a major scholarly contribution. GEORGE HARDIN BROWN, Professor of English emeritus, Stanford University. The Old English version of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is one of the earliest and most substantial surviving works of Old English prose. Translated anonymously around the end of the ninth or beginning of the tenth century, the text, which is substantially shorter than Bede's original, was well known and actively used in medieval England, and was highly influential.However, despite its importance, it has been little studied. In this first book on the subject, the author places the work in its manuscript context, arguing that the text was an independent, ecclesiastical translation, thoughtfully revised for its new audience. Rather than looking back on the age of Bede from the perspective of a king centralizing power and building a community by recalling a glorious English past, the Old English version of Bede's Historia transforms its source to focus on local history, key Anglo-Saxon saints, and their miracles. The author argues that its reading reflects an ecclesiastical setting more than a political one, with uses more hagiographical than royal; and that rather than being used as a class-book or crib, it functioned as a resource for vernacular preaching, as a corpus of vernacular saints' lives, for oral performance, and episcopal authority. Sharon M. Rowley is Associate Professor of English at Christopher Newport University.




Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. A new translation by ... L. Gidley

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. A new translation by ... L. Gidley
Title Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. A new translation by ... L. Gidley PDF eBook
Author Saint Bede (the Venerable)
Publisher
Pages 534
Release 1870
Genre
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The History of the English Church and People

The History of the English Church and People
Title The History of the English Church and People PDF eBook
Author Saint Bede (the Venerable)
Publisher Barnes & Noble Publishing
Pages 448
Release 2005
Genre History
ISBN 9780760765517

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Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Title Ecclesiastical History of the English People PDF eBook
Author Bede
Publisher
Pages 428
Release 2008-07-01
Genre History
ISBN 9781904799313

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A handsome, large-format paperback edition set in elegant type with generous margins. The venerable Bede (AD 672-735) was not the first historian of the British Isles, but he was the first to to list and master his documentary and oral sources. For a man who travelled little, he showed a great depth of understanding about the outside world, informing himself by commissioning others to copy documents in the Papal Regista and various episcopal and monastic archives.




How, When and Why did Bede Write his Ecclesiastical History?

How, When and Why did Bede Write his Ecclesiastical History?
Title How, When and Why did Bede Write his Ecclesiastical History? PDF eBook
Author Richard Shaw
Publisher Routledge
Pages 363
Release 2022-02-17
Genre History
ISBN 0429663668

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Bede’s Ecclesiastical History is our main source for early Christian Anglo-Saxon England, but how was it written? When? And why? Scholars have spent much of the last half century investigating the latter question – the ‘why’. This new study is the first to systematically consider the ‘how’ and the ‘when’. Richard Shaw shows that rather than producing the History at a single point in 731, Bede was working on it for as much as twenty years, from c. 715 to just before his death in 735. Unpacking and extending the period of composition of Bede’s best-known book makes sense of the complicated and contradictory evidence for its purposes. The work did not have one context, but several, each with its own distinct constructed audiences. Thus, the History was not written for a single purpose to the exclusion of all others. Nor was it simply written for a variety of reasons. It was written over time – quite a lot of time – and as the world changed during that time, so too did Bede’s reasons for writing, the intentions he sought to pursue – and the patrons he hoped to please or to placate.




The Old English Version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People

The Old English Version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Title The Old English Version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People PDF eBook
Author Saint Bede (the Venerable)
Publisher
Pages 304
Release 1959
Genre Great Britain
ISBN

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The Old English Translation of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum in its Historical and Cultural Context

The Old English Translation of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum in its Historical and Cultural Context
Title The Old English Translation of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum in its Historical and Cultural Context PDF eBook
Author Andreas Lemke
Publisher Göttingen University Press
Pages 418
Release 2015
Genre Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern)
ISBN 3863951891

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Did King Alfred the Great commission the Old English translation of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, probably the masterpiece of medieval Anglo-Latin Literature, as part of his famous program of translation to educate the Anglo-Saxons? Was the Old English Historia, by any chance, a political and religious manifesto for the emerging ‘Kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons’? Do we deal with the literary cornerstone of a nascent English identity at a time when the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms were threatened by a common enemy: the Vikings? Andreas Lemke seeks to answer these questions – among others – in his recent publication. He presents us with a unique compendium of interdisciplinary approaches to the subject and sheds new light on the Old English translation of the Historia in a way that will fascinate scholars of Literature, Language, Philology and History.