Re-reading Bede Paperback
by N. J. Higham;
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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 Cædwalla 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.
Re-reading Bede by N. J. Higham was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in August 2006 and is our 59995th best seller. The ISBN for Re-reading Bede is 9780415353687.
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|Author / Artist||N. J. Higham|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Ltd (August 2006)|
|Number of Pages||296|
|Page last updated||20th October 2017|