Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Penguin Classics)

by Bede Author

(From Amazon): 'With God's help, I, Bede ... have assembled these facts about the history of the Church in Britain ... from the traditions of our forebears, and from my own personal knowledge'Written in AD 731, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People is the first account of Anglo-Saxon England ever written, and remains our single most valuable source for this period. It begins with Julius Caesar's invasion in the first century BC and goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop government and convert the people to Christianity during these crucial formative years. Relating the deeds of great men and women but also describing landscape, customs and ordinary lives, this is a rich, vivid portrait of an emerging church and nation by the 'Father of English History'.Leo Sherley-Price's translation from the Latin brings us an accurate and readable version of Bede's History. This edition includes Bede's Letter to Egbert, denouncing false monasteries; and The Death of Bede, an admirable eye-witness account by Cuthbert, monk and later Abbot of Jarrow, both translated by D. H. Farmer.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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7th - 9th
Penguin Classics


  • 1 Chapter 2. The first Invasion of Britain by the Romans, under Caius Julius Caesar. [around 100 BC]
  • 2 Chapter 3. The second Invasion of Britain by the Romans, under Claudius, who conquers the Orchades; and, sending Vespasian to the Isle of Wright, brings it into subjection to the Roman Empire. [around 50 AD]
  • 3 Chapter 4. Lucius, King of the Britons, writing to Pope Eleutherius, desires to become a Christian. [156 AD]
  • 4 Chapter 12. The Romans, being solicited to succour the Britons against the invasions of the Picts and Scots, return and build a wall across the island; but this being demolished, the Britons are reduced to greater distress than before. [around 400 AD??]
  • 5 Chapter 14. The Britons, compelled by famine, at length drive their enemies out of their territories. After which succeed abundance, luxury, the plague, and the subversion of the nation. [around 426 AD]
  • 6 Chapter 25. Augustine, coming into Britain, first preached in the Isla of Thanet to King Ethelbert, and having obtained license, entered the kingdom of Kent, in order to preach therein. [A.D. 597.]
  • 7 Chapter 34. Ethelfrid, King of the Northumbrians, having vanquished the nations of the Scots, expels them from the territories of the English. [A.D. 603.]

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