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Re-reading Bede by N. J. Higham
Book DescriptionBede's Ecclesiastical History is the most important single source for early medieval English history. Without it, we would be able to say very little about the conversion of the English to Christianity, or the nature of England before the Viking Age. Bede wrote for his contemporaries, not for a later audience, and it is only by an examination of the work itself that we can assess how best to approach it as a historical source. N.J. Higham shows, through a close reading of the text, what light the Ecclesiastical History throws on the history of the period and especially on those characters from seventh- and early eighth-century England whom Bede either heroized, such as his own bishop, Acca, and kings Oswald and Edwin, or villainized, most obviously the British king Caedwalla but also Oswiu, Oswald's brother. In (Re-)Reading Bede, N.J. Higham offers a fresh approach to how we should engage with this great work of history. He focuses particularly on Bede's purposes in writing it, its internal structure, the political and social context in which it was composed and the cultural values it betrays, remembering always that our own approach to Bede has been influenced to a very great extent by the various ways in which he has been both used, as a source, and commemorated, as man and saint, across the last 1,300 years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415353670
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Re-reading Bede, Paperback (August 2006)
Bede's "Ecclesiastical History" is the most important source for early medieval English history. Without it, we would be able to say very little about the conversion of the English to Christianity, or the nature of England before the Viking Age. This title offers a fresh approach to how we should engage with this great work of history.
Edward the Elder, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by N. J. Higham
By drawing upon sources as diverse as literature and archaeology, this book brings together a rich variety of scholarship to offer a new insight into the world of Edward the Elder, son and successor of King Alfred.
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Author Biography - N. J. Higham
N.J. Higham is Professor of Early Medieval and Landscape History at the University of Manchester. His publications include King Arthur: Myth-Making and History (Routledge, 2002) and the edited collection Edward the Elder (Routledge, 2001).
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