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The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede's Ecclesiastical History : Methodology and Sources.

Author: Richard Shaw
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Historians have long relied on Bede's Ecclesiastical History for their narrative of early Christian Anglo-Saxon England, but what material lay behind Bede's own narrative? What were his sources and how reliable were they? How much was based on contemporary material? How much on later evidence? What was rhetoric? What represents his own agendas, deductions or even inventions? This book represents the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Church history
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Shaw
ISBN: 9781315162850 1315162857
OCLC Number: 1019604887
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: 1. Introduction: An Early Medieval Historian at Work 1.1 Recent work on Bede and the Historia ecclesiastica 1.2 Bede's methods and materials: the need for a systematic analysis 1.3 The implications of this study 1.4 The structure of this study1.5 Methodology1.6 Bede the historian 1.7 Bede's introduction to his own sources in the HE PrefacePART ONEConstructing the Narrative of the Gregorian Mission to Kent2. Gregory and the Mission: HE 1.23-33 3. The Mission Fathers: HE 2.1-11; 15-20 4. Canterbury before Theodore: HE 3.8; 3.14; 3.20; 3.29; 4.1 PART TWOBede's Sources for Kent before Theodore5. Bede's Sources Reconstructed 5.1 Political 5.1.1 King lists 5.1.2 Genealogies 5.1.3 The context for the preservation and maintenance of Bede's king lists and genealogies 5.1.4 `Hegemon list' document 5.1.5 `Hidage document' of the `tribute' type 5.1.6 Kentish laws 5.2 Ecclesiastical 5.2.1 Episcopal Lists 5.2.2 The origins of Bede's episcopal lists 5.2.3 Inscriptions from (re-)foundation stones 5.2.4 Epitaphs 5.2.5 Ecclesiastical correspondence5.3 `Literary' and other written sources5.4 Oral information 5.5 Bede's Canterbury sources5.6 Conclusions: the disappearance of `Canterbury tradition' 6. Bede's `Canterbury Tales' 6.1 The unexplained sections of the Gregorian mission narrative 6.2 Characteristics of the `Canterbury tales' 6.3 The shape and content of Bede's `Canterbury tales' 6.4 Nature of the `Canterbury tales' 6.5 Dating the `Canterbury tales' 6.6 Conclusions 7. Conclusion: Bede's Methods and OursBibliography

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"Historians have long relied on Bede's Ecclesiastical History for their narrative of early Christian Anglo-Saxon England, but what material lay behind Bede's own narrative? What were his sources and how reliable were they? How much was based on contemporary material? How much on later evidence? What was rhetoric? What represents his own agendas, deductions or even inventions? This book represents the first systematic attempt to answers these questions for Bede's History, taking as a test case the coherent narrative of the Gregorian mission and the early Church in Kent. Through this critique, it becomes possible, for the first time, to catalogue Bede's sources and assess their origins, provenance and value - even reconstructing the original shape of many that are now lost. The striking paucity of Bede's primary sources for the period emerges clearly. This study explains the reason why this was the case. At the same time, Bede is shown to have had access to a greater variety of texts, especially documentary, than has previously been realised. This volume thus reveals Bede the historian at work, with implications for understanding his monastery, library and intellectual milieu together with the world in which he lived and worked. It also showcases what can be achieved using a similar methodology for the rest of the Ecclesiastical History and for other contemporary works. Most importantly, thanks to this study, it is now feasible - indeed necessary - for subsequent historians to base their reconstructions of the events of c.600 not on Bede but on Bede's sources. As a result, this book lays the foundations for future work on the conversion of Anglo-Saxon England and offers the prospect of replacing and not merely refining Bede's narrative of the history of early Christian Kent."--Provided by publisher.

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