Two Lives of St. Cuthbert
Edited by Bertram Colgrave
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Two Lives of St. Cuthbert by Bertram Colgrave
Book DescriptionThese two complementary lives of Cuthbert illuminate both the secular history of the golden age of Northumbria and the historic shift from Celtic to Roman ecclesiastical practice which took place after the Synod of Whitby. Cuthbert was very much in the Irish monastic tradition. He adopted Roman usages, becoming prior and eventually bishop of Lindisfarne, but the essential nature of his commitment changed little and he lived for much of his later life as a hermit on the island of Farne, with the birds as his only companions. The two lives make an interesting contrast: the earlier, anonymous Life of 698-705 is clear, concise and rich in Lindisfarne tradition, viewing Cuthbert as no more than the great saint of his own house. Bede's prose Life of 721, however, is polished, literary, more than twice as long and altogether more didactic; treating Cuthbert as a model from which to draw lessons about how to be a perfect bishop and monk. Taken together, the lives vividly evoke the character of a remarkable churchman and provide a compelling picture of early monastic life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521313858
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bertram Colgrave
Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Hardback (June 1992)
Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History' was completed in 731 and still ranks among the most popular of history books. In this edition, the Latin text is accompanied by a English translation; the introduction provides an historical background and a survey of surviving manuscripts
Life of Bishop Wilfrid, Paperback (September 1985)
This book has been reissued in a format for students and teachers of history, literature, theology and Anglo-Saxon studies.
Earliest Life of Gregory the Great, Paperback (September 1985)» View all books by Bertram Colgrave
The Life of Gregory seems to be the earliest of the Saints' lives of this period and it is in many ways the most remarkable.
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