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A Companion to Bede


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The Venerable Bede is a crucial figure for Anglo-Saxonists, arguably the most important, known character from the period. A scholar of international standing from an early period of the Anglo-Saxon church [c.672-732], he was the author not only of the well-known Ecclesiastical History of the English People, but also of scriptural commentaries, hagiographies, scientific works, admonitory letters, and poetry. This book provides an informative, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to Bede and his writings, underlining in particular his importance in the development of European history and culture. It places Bede in his contemporary Northumbria and early Anglo-Saxon England, dedicates individual chapters to his works, and includes a chapter on Bede's legacy for subsequent history.

GEORGE HARDIN BROWN is Professor of English emeritus, Stanford University.


This is a fine introduction both to the works and to the scholarship on them. THEOLOGY

Anyone wanting an overview of all that Bede produced will find their needs met very effectively in George Brown's concise, but informative, Companion. LITERATURE & HISTORY

Scholarly yet easy to read, meticulously edited and amazingly comprehensive. [...] A magnificent achievement in the renaissance of Bedan studies. ANGLICAN AND EPISCOPAL HISTORY
A reliable, capacious, and engaging guide the immense and varied corpus of Anglo-Saxon England's most influential author. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
An excellent handbook that summarizes each of Bede's writings, puts it in the context of his output, and locates editions and translations. Recommended. CHOICE


First Published: 20 Aug 2009
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843834762
Pages: 180
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Preface and Acknowledgments
  • 2  Bede's Life and Times
  • 3  Educational Works
  • 4  The Biblical Commentaries
  • 5  Homilies, Hagiography, Martyrology, Poems, Letters
  • 6  The Histories
  • 7  A Brief History of Bede's Works through the Ages
  • 8  Works Cited