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Ecclesiastical History of the English People: With Bede's Letter to Egbert and Cuthbert's Letter on the Death of Bede [Kindle Edition]

Bede the Venerable , D. Farmer , Leo Sherley-Price
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Written in AD 731, Bede's work opens with a background sketch of Roman Britain's geography and history. It goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop Anglo-Saxon government and religion during the crucial formative years of the English people. Leo Sherley-Price's translation brings us an accurate and readable version, in modern English, of a unique historical document. This edition now includes Bede's Letter to Egbert concerning pastoral care in early Anglo-Saxon England, at the heart of which lay Bede's denunciation of the false monasteries; and The Death of Bede, an admirable eye-witness account by Cuthbert, monk and later Abbot of Jarrow, both translated by D. H. Farmer.


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Bede was born in 673. He became a monk at an early age and lived most of his life at Jarrow. Scholar, teacher and writer, he wrote biblical and other works. He has been described as the 'Father of English History'. Bede died in 735. Leo Sherley-Price is a Rural Dean and parish priest at Devon. He has translated a number of other historical and theological texts. D. H. Farmer is author and editor of several books on ecclesiastical and monastic history.

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  • File Size: 2075 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014044565X
  • Publisher: Penguin; Rev Ed edition (June 26, 2003)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9X2Y
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic source of English history June 24, 2002
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This book is a "must read" for anyone studying English history. It was completed by the monk Bede in 731 AD and contains a wealth of material he gathered from sources available at that time. He provided an overview of Roman emperors, and gives accounts of conflicts within the Roman empire and particularly within Briton. He provided a good account of Saxons and other invaders and their conflicts with the Romano-Britons. He also provided various sidelights including accounts of miracle cures using holy relics. Unfortuneately, the material is often all too brief, and the original sources seem to have vanished in the dust. For example, the uprising (led by the warrior queen Boadicea) against the Romans in 61 A.D. is described by Bede in a single sentence in the Greater Chronicle (4021) when, writing of Nero, he states "this emperor attempted nothing of a military kind, and even nearly lost Britain, where two of the finest towns were captured and sacked" (he is somewhat in error as three towns were burned to the ground, and the entire Roman Ninth Legion was massacred).
Chapters are very short, e.g., less than a page. I originally became interested while looking for material on King Arthur. Bede noted in Chapter 11 that after Gratian died, in 407, in his place "Constantine, a worthless soldier of the lowest rank, was elected in Britain solely on account of the promise of his name and with no other virtue to recommend him." This Constantine challenged the Romans in Gaul and was defeated and killed by the Roman officer Constantius. It is probable that this Constantine is the one alleged to be the grandfather of Arthur, but no solid connection is found (the name Constantine seems to have been fairly common). In Chapter 16, Bede again refers to the Britons after invaders (Saxons, etc.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure of the English People October 27, 2002
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There is a definite thrill to reading the actual words set down by the infamously unassuming monk himself. This is why there are so many fields where "Bede" is mandatory foundational literature, but if you are a student of English history, literature, theology, philosophy, or sociology you already know that. One of the most lasting of the many images the book creates is the biography of Bede himself; surviving a plague that left only the abbot and the young boy Bede to sing the Divine Offices, then settling in at Jarrow where he was sheltered with the precious books for the remainder of his life.
Dated as 731, Bede's history was written in his old age (when he was 60 or so) and his gentle manner of reflection on the relationship of kings, gentry, the Church, it's priests and leaders, and common folk with one another informs one quite clearly of the many years spent teaching other monks, repeatedly re-reading texts, and living the religious life that bestowed the title "Venerable Bede" upon him. A professional academic in every modern sense of the word, knowledgeable, inquiring, conscious of his place in history, inventor of the chronological annotation (A.D.), meticulous researcher of events, places, and times; from any perspective you choose, this book demands to be part of your life experience.
This edition (which is probably the best-known - it's Sherley-Price's 1955 translation) includes both Bede's Letter to Egbert and the great eyewitness account of Bede's death by Cuthbert, upon which a significant part of Bede's reputation rests. There is no way to read Cuthbert's letter without understanding the ideal of humility for a medieval monk.....the image of him giving away his earthly treasures of pepper, handkerchiefs and incense in the hours before he dies....it's an image that stays with you forever.
All in all, the work is one of the treasures of our species....
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historians Legacy October 21, 2004
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A few years ago, I had the chance to go to Durham Cathedral. As an American medievalist with a love of the Anglo-Saxon era I jumped at the chance. I had a chance there to see not only the resting place of Saint Cuthbert, but also The Vernerable Bede.

The Venerable Bede -- this is not a name, only an office. What his actual name was we will probably never know, but that is less important than the historical narrative he has left us. Having in mind to write a history of the English peoples, he goes on to write a work filled with wonders, colourful characters, foul villains, and ever and ever again, miracles.

The Bede was an ecclesiast and saw all of history filtered through the glass of the Church. Yet somehow he does not come off as "preachy" as many other historians of the time. Maybe it is because of his deft characterizations, maybe his succinct view of the seemingly necessary course of history, but in any case I find myself caught up in a well-told tale, with morals attached.

By modern terms the Bede's work is one-sided and biased, and yet if you wish a true window into a world, it is best to have a guide. The Bede gives us such a window, however imperfect, yet carefully and thoughtfully written. To understand the northern English kingdoms of the early Middle Ages, one must consult the Bede; luckily, he is also a sympathetic fellow and draws us in, gently and knowingly, and offers us historical truths (especially close to his own time) as well as small sermons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Divided texts so that researching is easier is the best part of this...
Divided texts so that researching is easier is the best part of this publication. It is what it is. Either you enjoy this type of reading or you don't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin S Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew about "The Venerable Bede" and even saw his ...
I knew about "The Venerable Bede" and even saw his grave in Durham Cathedral but it was much easier to understand his world and the time he lived after reading his book.
Published 2 months ago by Charles
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Really good. Excellent
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Good history book written in the early 8th century. It's not in polished prose, but it reads like a diary and talks about the average people, not the history-making kings and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Well organized kindle version
I appreciated the Table of Contents with links to each chapter. For a book like Bede, that is absolutely essential!
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Shadle
5.0 out of 5 stars THE primary source for English History
This book is the "must read" for all serious students of English history. IT is the basis of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and all histories that follow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pictomaniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight into Early England
This book is one of the classical texts that tells the story of the English, and British people. It describes how the different tribes migrated into Britain at the end of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carl Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic and a Must for Early English History
What can one say about this book other than it is a Classic and provides a great deal on information of England. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gregory W. Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
I had never heard of Bebe, but he nails it and to realize all those years ago he has written this. I think this shoul be in all the school libraries.
Published 16 months ago by Wolfram Hentschel
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
Bede is the Father of English History and I found his history helpful in understanding the political development of England from the withdrawal of the Romans to his own time (731... Read more
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