Introduced by Melvyn Bragg
Bede, the father of English history, created a dramatic narrative which remains the most valuable chronicle of Anglo-Saxon England in existence and an unrivalled account of the early days of Christianity.
'With God’s help, I, Bede … have assembled these facts about the history of the Church in Britain … so far as I have been able to ascertain them from ancient writings, from the tradition of our forebears, and from my own personal knowledge'
‘His works cast a light across the whole of Western civilisation’This Folio Society edition, introduced by Melvyn Bragg, pays tribute to the ‘father of English history’. Given the paucity of written sources, the History was a major undertaking, but Bede corresponded diligently with Europe’s finest minds to gather all available material. A pioneer historian, he was the first to popularise the convention of AD in dating. Most important of all, Bede was one of the greatest storytellers of his age, and he created a dramatic narrative out of fragmentary evidence, from scarce written accounts to the rich oral tradition of stories and poems handed down within monasteries and courts.
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Review by anon on 19th Mar 2016
"Beautiful book and an inspiring theme."