Synopses & Reviews
Starting with the invasion of Julius Caesar in the fifth century, Bede recorded the history of the English up to his own day in 731 A.D. A scholarly monk working in the north-east of England, Bede wrote the five books of his history in Latin. The Ecclesiastical History is his most famous work, and this edition provides the authoritative Colgrave translation, as well as a new translation of the Greater Chronicle, never before published in English. His Letter to Egbert gives his final reflections on the English Church just before his death. This is the only edition to include all three texts, and they are illuminated further by a detailed introduction and explanatory notes.
"[A] very useful, practical edition."--Glenn Olsen, University of Utah
"One of the first great works of English literature....This new edition is based on the standard scholarly text, comes replete with notes by its editors...and includes two shorter works, "The Greater Chronicle" and the "Letter to Egbert"....This book offers anecdote, philosophical observation, and even charm."--The Washington Post
Bede's most famous work, this edition includes includes a translation of "The Greater Chronicle", in which Bede examines the Roman Empire and contemporary Europe. His "Letter to Egbert" gives his final reflections on the English Church just before his death.