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The Cambridge Companion to Bede

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Scott DeGregorio, Michelle Brown, James Campbell, Rosalind Love, Sarah Foot, Clare Stancliffe, Ian Wood, Calvin B. Kendall, Faith Wallis, Arthur G. Holder, Lawrence T. Martin, Alan Thacker, David Rollason, Joshua Westgard, Sharon Rowley, Allen J. Frantzen
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521514958

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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 context.

    • Clearly organized into sections which cover not only Bede's major writings, but also his intellectual and social context and the afterlife of his reputation
    • Extends the focus of Anglo-Saxon literature studies beyond Old English poetry
    • Demonstrates the importance of Bede as the major writer and thinker of the Anglo-Saxon period
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    "Scott DeGregorio is to be commended for bringing together this collection of essays from men and women who are truly experts in the field [...] The contributors achieve the objectives of the volume clearly and efficiently...This volume on Bede introduces readers to a writer, soundly contextualized, who had sophistication, nuance, and influence...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."
    -Paul C. Hilliard, University of St. Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary, The Medieval Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521514958
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • The English Language: History, Structure, Grammar
  • Editor

    Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn
    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, 2005–7.


    Scott DeGregorio, Michelle Brown, James Campbell, Rosalind Love, Sarah Foot, Clare Stancliffe, Ian Wood, Calvin B. Kendall, Faith Wallis, Arthur G. Holder, Lawrence T. Martin, Alan Thacker, David Rollason, Joshua Westgard, Sharon Rowley, Allen J. Frantzen

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