The Cambridge Companion to Bede

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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As the major writer and thinker of the Anglo-Saxon period, the Venerable Bede is a key figure in the study of the literature and thought of this time. This Companion, written by an international team of specialists, is a key introductory guide to Bede, his writings, and his world. The first part of the volume focuses on Bede's cultural and intellectual milieu, covering his life, the secular-political contexts of his day, the foundations of the Latin learning he inherited and sought to perpetuate, the ecclesiastical and monastic setting of early Northumbria, and the foundation of his home institution, Wearmouth-Jarrow. The book then considers Bede's writing in detail, treating his educational, exegetical and historical works. Concluding with a detailed assessment of Bede's influence and reception from the time of his death up to the modern age, the Companion enables the reader to view Bede's writings within a wider cultural context.

Table of Contents

Preface Scott DeGregorio
Chronological table
Bede's Life and Context
Bede's life in context
Secular and political contexts
The world of Latin learning
Church and monastery in Bede's Northumbria
British and Irish contexts
The foundation of Bede's Wearmouth-Jarrow
Bede's Writings
Bede and education
Bede and science
Bede and the Old Testament
Bede and the New Testament
Bede and preaching
Bede and history
Reception and Influence
The cult of Bede
Bede and the continent in the Carolingian Age and beyond
Bede and later Anglo-Saxon England
The Englishness of Bede, from then to now
Further reading
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