A Companion to Bede

A Companion to Bede

George Hardin Brown


Boydell Press



A full and accessibly-written survey of Bede and his works, including a chapter on his legacy for subsequent history.
The Venerable Bede is a crucial figure for Anglo-Saxonists, arguably the most important, known character from the period. A scholar of international standing from an early period of the Anglo-Saxon church (c.672-732), he was the author not only of the well-known Ecclesiastical History of the English People, but also of scriptural commentaries, hagiographies, scientific works, admonitory letters, and poetry. This book provides an informative, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to Bede and his writings, underlining in particular his importance in the development of European history and culture. It places Bede in his contemporary Northumbria and early Anglo-Saxon England, dedicates individual chapters to his works, and includes a chapter on Bede's legacy for subsequent history.

GEORGE HARDIN BROWN is Professor of English emeritus, Stanford University.


180 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Studies
Hardback, 9781843834762, August 2009
Paperback, 9781843836094, September 2010
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Bede's Life and Times
Educational Works
The Biblical Commentaries
Homilies, Hagiography, Martyrology, Poems, Letters
The Histories
A Brief History of Bede's Works through the Ages
Works Cited


This is a fine introduction both to the works and to the scholarship on them. THEOLOGY

Anyone wanting an overview of all that Bede produced will find their needs met very effectively in George Brown's concise, but informative, Companion. LITERATURE & HISTORY

Scholarly yet easy to read, meticulously edited and amazingly comprehensive. (...) A magnificent achievement in the renaissance of Bedan studies. ANGLICAN AND EPISCOPAL HISTORY
A reliable, capacious, and engaging guide to the immense and varied corpus of Anglo-Saxon England's most influential author. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
An excellent handbook that summarizes each of Bede's writings, puts it in the context of his output, and locates editions and translations. Recommended. CHOICE

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