Bede Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Price, Mary R. "Bede." In Bede and Dunstan, pp. 7-32. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Short, heavily illustrated biography of Bede.


Blair, Peter Hunter. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970, 381 p.

Provides general introduction to seven centuries of English history, from the latter part of the Roman occupation to the Norman Age.

——.The World of Bede. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 342 p.

Historical examination of Britain's transformation from illiterate paganism to the kind of primitive Christian world which enabled Bede "to … delight in learning, teaching, and writing."

Cowdrey, H. E. J. "Bede and the Ènglish People.'" The Journal of Religious History 11, No. 4 (December 1981): 501-23.

Investigation of the contribution the Ecclesiastical History made to the formation of the English as a self-consciously unified people.

Davidse, Jan. "The Sense of History in the Works of the Venerable Beda."Stvdi Medievali XXIII (1982): 647-95.

Considers the importance of the Christian conceptions of time and eternity in Bede's historical writings.

Henderson, George. Bede and the Visual Arts. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. & P. Bealls, 1980, 32 p.

Assesses the significance of some of Bede's references to the visual arts.

Kendall, Calvin B. "Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica: The Rhetoric of Faith." In Medieval Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Medieval Rhetoric, edited by James J. Murphy, pp. 145-72. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1978.

Scholarly attempt to reconcile "the sober, reliable historian" and the "credulous, if engaging, storyteller" in Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

Laistner, M. L. W. "Irish and English Scholars and Missionaries to the Death of Bede." In his Thought and Letters in Western Europe: A.D. 500-900, pp. 136-66. New York: Cornell University Press, 1957.

Describes the qualities and interests that made Bede a successful writer and praises his ability to select from and adapt the teachings of the great Church Fathers.

Whitelock, Dorothy. After Bede. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. & P. Bealls, 1960, 16 p.

Systematic discussion of the early growth of Bede's reputation.

Additional coverage of Bede' s life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 146.