The Cambridge Companion to Bede

The Cambridge Companion to Bede

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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 more

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  • Online resource | 264 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 10 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • 1139002910
  • 9781139002912

About Scott DeGregorio

Scott DeGregorio is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has published extensively on Bede as a biblical exegete and church reformer. His books include, as editor, Innovation and Tradition in the Writings of the Venerable Bede, and as translator, Bede: On Ezra and Nehemiah, which won the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists' prize for best edition/translation published in Anglo-Saxon studies, more

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Preface Scott DeGregorio; Chronological table; Part I. Bede's Life and Context: 1. Bede's life in context Michelle Brown; 2. Secular and political contexts James Campbell; 3. The world of Latin learning Rosalind Love; 4. Church and monastery in Bede's Northumbria Sarah Foot; 5. British and Irish contexts Clare Stancliffe; 6. The foundation of Bede's Wearmouth-Jarrow Ian Wood; Part II. Bede's Writings: 7. Bede and education Calvin B. Kendall; 8. Bede and science Faith Wallis; 9. Bede and the Old Testament Scott DeGregorio; 10. Bede and the New Testament Arthur G. Holder; 11. Bede and preaching Lawrence T. Martin; 12. Bede and history Alan Thacker; Part III. Reception and Influence: 13. The cult of Bede David Rollason; 14. Bede and the continent in the Carolingian Age and beyond Joshua Westgard; 15. Bede and later Anglo-Saxon England Sharon Rowley; 16. The Englishness of Bede, from then to now Allen J. Frantzen; Further more

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'For students of Bede, this is a most valuable book.' New Directions '... this text, especially with its excellent further readings and bibliography, should be the first port of call for anyone seeking to engage with Bede or his world.' The Medieval Review 'This Cambridge Companion is a work of genuine and substantial learning, and fully worthy of its subject.' Northern History 'This volume of expert essays on Bede and his legacy expounds received rather than experimental 'paradigms of understanding'.' Jordon Wales, Religious Studies Review 'A welcome contribution to the field.' The Review of English Studiesshow more

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