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Ecclesiastical history of the English people

Author: Bede, the Venerable Saint; Leo Sherley-Price; R E Latham; David Hugh Farmer
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1990.
Series: World's classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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An annotated translation of eighth-century historian Bede's work on the English people, which covers Roman Britain's geography and history and the development of Anglo-Saxon government and religion.
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Genre/Form: Church history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bede, the Venerable Saint; Leo Sherley-Price; R E Latham; David Hugh Farmer
ISBN: 014044565X 9780140445657
OCLC Number: 264173569
Description: 397 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Book one: the situation of Britain and Ireland - their earliest inhabitants; on Gaius Julius Caesar, the first Roman to reach Britain; Claudius - the second Roman to reach Britain - annexes the Isles of Orkney to the Roman Empire - under his direction Vespasian subdues the Isle of Wight; Lucius - a British king - writes to Pope Eleutherus and asks to be made a Christian; Severus divides Roman Britain from the rest by an earth work; the reign of Diocletian - his persecution of the Christian Church; the martyrdom of Saint Alban and his companions - who shed their life-blood for Christ at this time; the Church in Britain enjoys peace from the end of this persecution until the time of the Arian heresy; during the reign of Gratian - Maximus is created Emperor in Britain and returns to Gaul with a large army; during the reign of Arcadius - the Briton Pelagius presumptuously belittles the grace of God; during the reign of Honorius - Gratian and Constantine set up as despots in Britain - the former is killed shortly afterwards in Britain - the latter in Gaul; the Britons - harassed by the Irish and Picts - seek help from the Romans - who come and build a second wall across the island - notwithstanding, these enemies again break in and reduce the Britons to worse straits; during the reign of Theodosius the Younger - Palladius is sent to the Christians among the Irish - the Britons make an unsuccessful appeal to the Consul Aetius; the Britons made desperate by famine drive the Barbarians out of their land - there soon follows an abundance of corn - luxury - plague - and doom on the nation. (Part contents)
Series Title: World's classics.
Other Titles: Historia ecclesiastica.
Responsibility: Bede ; with Bede's letter to Egbert and Cuthbert's letter on the death of Bede / the History translated by Leo Sherley-Price revised by R.E. Latham ; translation of the minor works, new introduction and notes by D.H. Farmer.

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Written in AD 731, Bede's work opens with a background sketch of Roman Britain's geography and history. It goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop Anglo-Saxon  Read more...

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