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Ecclesiastical History of England

Ecclesiastical History of England by The Venerable Bede
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The Ecclesiastical History of England by The Venerable Bede is a fascinating and comprehensive account of the early Christian church in England. Written in the 8th century, Bede's work provides invaluable insight into the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, as well as the development of the church in England up to the time of his writing.

Bede's meticulous attention to detail and thorough research make this book a valuable resource for historians and scholars studying the early history of Christianity in England. His narrative style is engaging and easy to follow, and he presents complex religious and political events in a clear and accessible manner.

One of the most impressive aspects of Bede's work is his ability to interweave history with theology, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the religious and cultural context in which these events occurred. His deep knowledge of scripture and theological doctrines is evident throughout the text, adding depth and richness to his historical account.

Overall, The Ecclesiastical History of England is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Christianity in England. Bede's meticulous research, engaging narrative style, and deep theological insights make this book a valuable and enduring classic in the field of ecclesiastical history.

Book Description:
Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England is a work in Latin by Bede on the history of the Christian Churches in England, and of England generally; its main focus is on the conflict between Roman and Celtic Christianity. It is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history. It is believed to have been completed in 731, when Bede was approximately 59 years old. Divided into five books, it covers the history of England, ecclesiastical and political, from the time of Julius Caesar to the date of its completion (731).

The History of the English Church and People has a clear polemical and didactic purpose. Bede sets out, not just to tell the story of the English, but to advance his views on politics and religion. In political terms he is a partisan of his native Northumbria, amplifying its role in English history over and above that of Mercia, its great southern rival. While Bede is loyal to Northumbria, he shows an even greater attachment to the Irish and the Irish Celtic missionaries, whom he considers to be far more effective and dedicated than their rather complacent English counterparts. His final preoccupation is over the precise date of Easter, which he writes about at length. It is here, and only here, that he ventures some criticism of St Cuthbert and the Irish missionaries, who celebrated the event, according to Bede, at the wrong time. In the end he is pleased to note that the Irish Church was saved from error by accepting the correct date for Easter.

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