The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Paperback Book

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People Paperback

Edited by Judith McClure, Roger Collins

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

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The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731 AD) is Bede's most famous work.

As well as providing the authoritative Colgrave translation of the Ecclesiastical History, this edition includes a new translation of the Greater Chronicle, in which Bede examines the Roman Empire and contemporary Europe.

His Letter to Egbert gives his final reflections on the English Church just before his death, and all three texts here are further illuminated by a detailed introduction and explanatory notes.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780199537235

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This book was interesting in that you got to see the formation of Christianity in England through the eyes of Bede, a monk in the 700's AD. Interesting history. It shows how Augustine became the first archbishop of Canterbury, and how Pope Gregory saw some English slaves in the market and wanted to evangelize the country. Bede quotes actual letters from the popes and other important archbishops. Then Bede tells the stories of English Kings and bishops and monks of the various regions of the Picts, West Saxons, East Angles, Mercians, and Northumbrians. But, it was also sad to see that they focused on godly people and miracles from their hair, dirt from where they died, and holy water from washing their bones, and then they focused on penance. After one man turned from his old sinful ways, he felt he needed to stand in freezing water for hours on end to atone for his sin and chastise his body. I was impressed with how willing these Christians were willing to give up everything for the furtherance of the gospel.

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