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'With God's help, I, Bede ... have assembled these facts about the history of the Church in Britain ... from the traditions of our forebears, and from my own personal knowledge' Written in AD 731, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People is the first account of Anglo-Saxon England ever written, and remains our single most valuable source for this period. It begins with Julius Caesar's invasion in the first century BC and goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop government and convert the people to Christianity during these crucial formative…mehr

'With God's help, I, Bede ... have assembled these facts about the history of the Church in Britain ... from the traditions of our forebears, and from my own personal knowledge' Written in AD 731, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People is the first account of Anglo-Saxon England ever written, and remains our single most valuable source for this period. It begins with Julius Caesar's invasion in the first century BC and goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop government and convert the people to Christianity during these crucial formative years. Relating the deeds of great men and women but also describing landscape, customs and ordinary lives, this is a rich, vivid portrait of an emerging church and nation by the 'Father of English History'. Leo Sherley-Price's translation from the Latin brings us an accurate and readable version of Bede's History. This edition includes Bede's Letter to Egbert, denouncing false monasteries; and The Death of Bede, an admirable eye-witness account by Cuthbert, monk and later Abbot of Jarrow, both translated by D. H. Farmer. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
  • Produktdetails
  • Classics S
  • Revised
  • Seitenzahl: 400
  • Altersempfehlung: ab 18 Jahre
  • Erscheinungstermin: Mai 1991
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 197mm x 129mm x 25mm
  • Gewicht: 320g
  • ISBN-13: 9780140445657
  • ISBN-10: 014044565X
  • Artikelnr.: 21590393
Bede was born in 673. He became a monk at an early age and lived most of his life at Jarrow. Scholar, teacher and writer, he wrote biblical and other works. He has been described as the 'Father of English History'. Bede died in 735. Leo Sherley-Price is a Rural Dean and parish priest at Devon. He has translated a number of other historical and theological texts. D. H. Farmer is author and editor of several books on ecclesiastical and monastic history.
Ecclesiastical History of the English PeopleAcknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Notes to the Introduction Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People Author's Preface: To the Most Glorious King Ceolwulf Book One 1. The situation of Britain and Ireland: their earliest inhabitants 2. On Gaius Julius Caesar
the first Roman to reach Britain 3. Claudius
the second Roman to reach Britan
annexes the Isles of Orkney to the Roman Empire: under his direction Vespasian subdues the Isle of Wight 4. Lucius
a British king
writes to Pope Eleutherus and asks to be made a Christian 5. Severus divides Roman Britain from the rest by an earth work 6. The reign of Diocletian: his persecution of the Christian Church 7. The martyrdom of Saint Alban and his companions
who shed their life-blood for Christ at this time 8. The Church in Britain enjoys peace from the end of this persecution until the time of the Arian heresy 9. During the reign of Gratian
Maximus is created Emperor in Britain
and returns to Gaul with a large army 10. During the reign of Arcadius
the Briton Pelagius presumptuously belittles the grace of God 11. During the reign of Honorius
Gratian and Constantine set up as despots in Britain: the former is killed shortly afterwards in Britain
and the latter in Gaul 12. 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 13. During the reign of Theodoius the Younger
Palladius is sent to the Christians among the Irish. The Britons make an unsuccessful appeal to the Consul Aëtius 14. The Britons
made desperate by famine
drive the Barbarians out of their land. There soon follows an abundance of corn
and doom on the nation 15. The Angles are invited into Britain. At first they repel the enemy
but soon come to terms with them
and turn their weapons against their own allies 16. Under the leadership of Ambrosius
a Roman
the Britons win their first victory against the Angles 17. Bishop Germanus sails to Britain with Lupus: with God's help he quells two storms
one of the sea
the other of the Pelagians 18. Germanus gives sight to the blind daughter of a tribune. He takes some relics from the tomb of Saint Alban
and deposits relics of the Apostles and other Martyrs 19. Germanus is detained by illness. He puts out a fire among houses by his prayer
and is healed of his sickness by a vision 20. The two bishops obtain God's help in battle
and return home 21. The Pelagian heresy revives
and Germanus returns to Britain with Severus. He heals a lame youth
and after denouncing or converting the heretics
restores the British Church to the Catholic Faith 22. The Britons enjoy a respite from foreign invasions
but exhaust themselves in civil wars and plunge into worse crimes 23. The holy Pope Gregory sends Augustine and other monks to preach to the English nation
and encourages them in a letter to persevere in their mission 24. Pope Gregory writes commending them to the Bishop of Arles 25. Augustine reaches Britain
and first preaches in the Isle of Thanet before King Ethelbert
who grants permission to preach in Kent 26. The life and doctrine of the primitive Church are followed in Kent: Augustine establishes his episcopal see in the king's city 27. Augustine is consecrated bishop: he sends to inform Pope Gregory what has been achieved
and receives replies to his questions 28. Pope Gregory writes to the Bishop of Arles
asking him to help Augustine in his work for God 29. Gregory sends Augustine the pallium
a letter
and several clergy 30. A copy of the letter sent by Pope Gregory to Abbot Mellitus on his departure for Britain 31. Pope Gregory writes to Augustine
warning him not to boast of his achievements 32. Pope Gregory sends letters and gifts to King Ethelbert 33. Augustine repairs the Church of Our Saviour and builds a monastery of Saint Peter the Apostle. A note on Peter
its first Abbot 34. Ethelfrid
King of the Northumbrians
defeats the Irish and drives them out of England Book Two 1. On the death of Pope Gregory 2. Augustine urges the British bishops to cement Catholic unity
and performs a miracle in their presence. Retribution follows their refusal 3. Augustine consecrates Mellitus and Justus as bishops: his own death 4. Laurence and his fellow-bishops urge the Irish to maintain the unity of the Church
particularly in the observance of Easter: Mellitus visits Rome 5. At the deaths of Ethelbert and Sabert their successors revive idolatry: on this account
both Mellitus and Justus leave Britain 6. Laurence is reproved by Saint Peter
and converts King Eadbald to Christ. Mellitus and Justus are recalled 7. The prayers of Bishop Mellitus put out a fire in his city 8. Pope Boniface sends the pallium with a letter to Justus
Mellitus' successor 9. The reign of King Edwin: Paulinus comes to preach the Gospel to him
and first administers the Sacrament of Baptism to his daughter and others 10. Pope Boniface writes to the king
urging him to accept the Faith 11. The Pope writes to the Queen
urging her to exert her influence to obtain the king's salvation 12. King Edwin is moved to accept the Faith by a vision seen during his exile 13. Edwin holds a council with his chief men about accepting the Faith of Christ. The high priest destroys his own altars 14. Edwin and his people accept the Faith
and are baptized by Paulinus 15. The Province of the East Angles accepts the Christian faith 16. Paulinius preaches the Word of God in the Province of Lindsey. The reign of King Edwin 17. Pope Honorius sends a letter of encouragement to King Edwin
and the pallium to Paulinus 18. On succeeding Justus in the See of Canterbury
Honorius receives the pallium and a letter from Pope Honorius 19. Pope Honorius
and later Pope John
write letters to the Irish about Easter and the Pelagian heresy 20. King Edwin is killed
and Paulinus returns to Kent
where he receives the Bishopric of Rochester Book Three 1. King Edwin's immediate successors abandon their people's Faith and lose their kingdom: the most Christian King Oswald restores both 2. Before engaging the heathen in battle
King Oswald sets up a wooden cross: a young man is later healed by a portion of it
and innumerable other miracles take place 3. Oswald asks the Irish to send him a bishop: when Aidan arrives
he grants him the island of Lindisfarne as his episcopal see 4. How the Picts received the Faith of Christ 5. The Life of Bishop Aidan 6. The wonderful devotion and piety of King Oswald 7. The West Saxons accept the Faith through the teaching of Birinus and his successors Agilbert and Leutherius 8. Earconbert
King of Kent
orders the destruction of idols. His daughter Earcongota and his kinswoman Ethelberga dedicate themselves to God as nuns 9. Miraculous cures take place at the site of Oswald's death. A traveller's horse is cured
and a paralytic girl healed 10. How the earth from this place has power over fire 11. A heavenly light appears all night over Oswald's tomb
and folk are healed from demonic possession 12. A little boy is cured of ague at Saint Oswald's tomb 13. A man in Ireland is recalled from death's door by means of Oswald's relics 14. On the death of Paulinus
Ithamar succeeds to his Bishopric of Rochester. An account of the wonderful humility of King Oswin
who was treacherously murdered by Oswy 15. Bishop Aidan foretells a coming storm
and gives seafarers holy oil to calm the waves 16. Aidan's prayers save the royal city when fired by the enemy 17. The wooden buttress of the church against which Aidan leaned as he died is untouched when the rest of the church is burned down. His spiritual life 18. The life and death of the devout King Sigbert 19. Fursey establishes a monastery among the East Angles: the incorruption of his body after death attests to his visions and holiness 20. On the death of Honorius
Deusdedit succeeds him as Archibishop of Canterbury. The succession of the bishops of the East Angles and of Rochester 21. The Province of the Middle Angles
under its king Peada
becomes Christian 22. The East Saxons
who had apostatized from the Faith under King Sigbert
are re-converted by the preaching of Cedd 23. Cedd receives the site for a monastery from King Ethelwald
and hallows it to our Lord with prayer and fasting: his death 24. On the death of Penda
the Province of the Mercians accepts the Faith of Christ: in gratitude for his victory
Oswy gives endowments and lands to God for the building of monasteries 25. Controversy arises with the Irish over the date of Easter 26. After his defeat Colman returns home and Tuda succeeds to his bishopric: the condition of the Church under these teachers 27. Egbert
an Englishman of holy life
becomes a monk in Ireland 28. On Tuda's death
Wilfrid is consecrated bishop in Gaul and Chad among the West Saxons
to be bishops in the Province of the Northumbrians 29. The priest Wighard is sent from Britain to Rome to be made archbishop: letters from the apostolic Pope tell of his death there 30. During a plague the East Saxons lapse into idolatry
but are quickly recalled from their errors by Bishop Jaruman Book Four 1. On the death of Archbishop Deusdedit
Wighard is sent to Rome to be consecrated in his stead: on the latter's death there
Theodore is consecrated Archbishop and sent to Britain with Abbot Hadrian 2. Theodore makes a general visitation: the English churches begin to receive instruction in Catholic truth
and sacred study is fostered. Putta succeeds Damian as Bishop of Rochester 3. Chad is appointed Bishop of the Mercians: his life
and burial 4. Bishop Colman leaves Britain
and founds two monasteries in the land of the Irish
one for the Irish
and another for the English whom he had taken with him 5. The death of King Oswy and King Egbert. Archbishop Theodore presides over a Synod held at Hertford 6. Wynfrid is deposed
and Sexwulf appointed to his see: Earconwald is made Bishop of the East Saxons 7. A heavenly light indicates where the bodies of the nuns of Barking should be buried 8. A little boy
dying in the convent
announces the approaching death of one of the sisters. A nun
about to depart this life
sees a glimpse of future glory 9. Signs from heaven appear when the Mother of the Community departs this life 10. A blind woman regains her sight while praying in the convent burial-ground 11. Sebbi
King of the East Saxons
ends his days as a monk 12. Haeddi succeeds Leutherius as Bishop of the West Saxons: Cuichelm succeeds Putta in the See of Rochester
and is himself succeeded by Gebmund. The succession of the Northumbrian bishops 13. Wilfrid converts the Province of the South Saxons to Christ 14. A fatal epidemic is halted by the intercession of King Oswald 15. King Cadwalla of the Gewissae kills King Ethelwalh and devastates his province with plundering and slaughter 16. The Isle of Wight receives Christian settlers. Two young princes of the island are killed immediately after Baptism 17. Theodore presides over a Synod held in the Plain of Haethfeld (Hatfield) 18. John
Arch-cantor of the apostolic see
comes to teach in Britain 19. Queen Etheldreda preserves her virginity
and her body remains incorrupt in the grave 20. A hymn in honour of Etheldreda 21. Archbishop Theodore makes peace between King Egfrid and King Ethelred 22. A prisoner's chains fall off when Masses are sung on his behalf 23. The life and death of Abbess Hilda 24. A brother of the monastery is found to possess God's gift of poetry 25. A man of God sees a vision portending the destruction of Coldingham monastery by fire 26. On the death of King Egfrid and King Hlothere 27. Cuthbert
a man of God
is made bishop: his life and teaching as a monk 28. Cuthbert becomes a hermit: his prayers obtain a spring from dry ground
and a crop from seeds sown out of season 29. Cuthbert foretells his own death to the hermit Herebert 30. After eleven years in the grave
Cuthbert's body is found incorrupt. His successor departs this life soon afterwards 31. A brother is cured of paralysis at Cuthbert's tomb 32. The relics of Saint Cuthbert heal another brother's diseased eye Book Five 1. The hermit Ethelwald
Cuthbert's successor
calms a storm by his prayer when some brethren are in danger at sea 2. The blessing of Bishop John cures a dumb man 3. Bishop John heals a sick girl by his prayers 4. The Bishop cures a thegn's wife with holy water 5. The Bishop's prayers recall the servant of a thegn from death's door 6. By his prayers and blessing
Bishop John saves from death one of his clergy who had been bruised in a fall 7. Cadwalla
King of the West Saxons
goes to Rome for Baptism: his successor Ini also makes a pilgrimage of devotion to the shrine of the Apostles 8. On the death of Theodore
Bertwald becomes Archbishop: among bishops consecrated by him is Tobias
Bishop of Rochester
a man of great learning 9. Egbert
a holy man
plans to travel to Germany and preach
but is prevented. Subsequently Wictbert goes
but meeting with no success
returns to his native Ireland 10. Willibrord preaches in Frisia and converts many to Christ: his companions the Hewalds suffer martyrdom 11. The venerable Swidbert in Britain; and Willibrord in Rome
are consecrated bishops for Frisia 12. A man in the Province of the Northumbrians returns from the dead
and tells of the many dreadful and many desirable things that he saw 13. Devils show another man a record of his sins before his death 14. Another man about to die sees the place of punishment reserved for him in Hell 15. Under Adamnan's influence
many churches of the Irish adopt the Catholic Easter. He writes a book on the Holy Places 16. Descriptions from this book of the sites of our Lord's Birth
and Resurrection 17. The site of our Lord's Ascension
and the tombs of the patriarchs 18. The South Saxons receive as their bishops Eadbert and Ealla
and the West Saxons Daniel and Aldhelm. The writings of Aldhelm 19. Coenred
King of the Mercians
and Offa
King of the East Saxons
end their days in Rome as monks. The life and death of Bishop Wilfrid 20. Albinus succeeds the devout Abbot Hadrian
and Acca succeeds to Wilfrid's bishopric 21. Abbot Ceolfrid sends church architechts to the King of the Picts
and with them a letter about the Catholic Easter and tonsure 22. The monks of Iona and the monasteries under its jurisdiction begin to adopt the canonical Easter at the preaching of Egbert 23. The present state of the English nation and the rest of Britain 24. A chronological summary of the whole book
and a personal note on the author Bede's Letter to Egbert Introductory Note Bede's Letter to Egbert Cuthbert's Letter on the Death of Bede Introductory Note Cuthbert's Letter on the Death of Bede Notes: Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People Bede's Letter to Egbert Cuthbert's Letter on the Death of Bede Genealogies of English Kings Further Reading Maps: The British Isles at the Time of Bede Western Europe Index