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The Times of Bede: Studies in Early English Christian Society and its Historian

The Times of Bede: Studies in Early English Christian Society and its Historian

Patrick Wormald, Stephen Baxter (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-69265-3

Apr 2008

312 pages

$92.99

Description

Written by the late Patrick Wormald, one of the leading authorities on Bede’s life and work over a 30-year period, this book is a collection of studies on Bede and early English Christian society.
  • A collection of studies on Bede, the greatest historian of the English Middle Ages, and the early English church.
  • Integrates the religious, intellectual, political and social history of the English in their first Christian centuries.
  • Looks at how Bede and other writers charted the establishment of a Christian community within a warrior society.
  • Features the first map of all known or likely early Christian communities in England.
  • Includes plans and illustrations of the finest early Christian church in England at Brixworth.
  • An appendix considers Bede’s treatment of St. Hilda, the first great English female saint.
Foreword.

Editorial Note by Stephen Baxter.

Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations.

Part I An Early Christian Culture and its Critic.

1 Bede and Benedict Biscop.

2 Bede, Beowulf and the Conversion of the Anglo Saxon Aristocracy.

3 Bede, the Bretwaldas and the origins of the Gens Anglorum.

4 Bede and the conversion of England: the charter evidence.

Part II The Impact of Bede's Critique.

5 Æthelwold and his Continental Counterparts: Contact, Comparison, Contrast.

6 Bede and the 'Church of the English'.

7 How do we know so much about Anglo Saxon Deerhurst?

8 Aristocrats as Abbots: a context for the making of Brixworth.

Appendix: Hilda, Saint and Scholar (614-680).

Index.

""The untimely death of Patrick Wormald in 2004 deprived the scholarly community of a brilliant historian best known for his magisterial study of the development of English law during the Anglo-Saxon period. As the volume under review here clearly shows, Worrnald was also a leading figure in revising our understanding of Bede and his early medieval English cultural milieu."" (CHURCH HISTORY, March 2008)

“On display throughout … is Wormald’s considerable intellect and erudition and in the earlier essays in particular an enviable familiarity with Continental scholarship. There are also occasional flashes of the theater that was a Wormald lecture.” (Catholic Historical Review, October 2008)

  • A collection of studies on Bede, the greatest historian of the English Middle Ages, and the early English church

  • Written over a 30-year period by one of the leading authorities on the subject.

  • Integrates the religious, intellectual, political and social history of the English in their first Christian centuries.

  • Looks at how Bede and other writers charted the establishment of a Christian community within a warrior society.

  • An appendix considers Bede’s treatment of St. Hilda, the first great English female saint.