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Bede and the Theory of Everything

An accessible biography of the venerable Bede, regarded as the father of English history.
This book investigates the life and world of Bede (c. 673–735), the foremost scholar of the early Middle Ages and the “father of English history.” It examines his notable feats, including calculating the first tide tables, creating the Ceolfrith Bibles and the Lindisfarne Gospels, writing the earliest extant Old English poetry, and composing his famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People. In addition to providing an accessible overview of Bede’s life and work, Michelle P. Brown describes new discoveries regarding Bede’s handwriting, his historical research, and his previously lost Old English translation of St John’s Gospel, dictated on his deathbed.

272 pages | 32 color plates, 20 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Medieval Lives

Biography and Letters

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

1.Boyhood and Monkwearmouth-Jarrow
2.Bede the Monk and Priest
3.Bede the Scholar and Scientist: Cosmos and Logos
4.Bede, Poetry and the Origins of Written English
5.Bede the English Patristic
6.Bede the Historian and Reformer
7.Bede the Scribe of Scripture and the Ceolfrith Bibles
8.Bede and Lindisfarne
9.Bede and His Legacy
Appendix: Bede’s CV
Photo Acknowledgements

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