Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Penguin Classics)

By D. H. Farmer

'With God's support, I, Bede ... have assembled those proof concerning the historical past of the Church in Britain ... from the traditions of our forebears, and from my very own own knowledge'

Written in advert 731, Bede's Ecclesiastical heritage of the English People is the 1st account of Anglo-Saxon England ever written, and continues to be our unmarried most respected resource for this era. It starts with Julius Caesar's invasion within the first century BC and is going directly to inform of the kings and bishops, priests and nuns who helped to boost executive and convert the folk to Christianity in the course of those the most important adolescence. bearing on the deeds of serious women and men but additionally describing panorama, customs and usual lives, this can be a wealthy, shiny portrait of an rising church and kingdom by means of the 'Father of English History'.

Leo Sherley-Price's translation from the Latin brings us a correct and readable model of Bede's historical past. This variation includes Bede's Letter to Egbert, denouncing fake monasteries; and The loss of life of Bede, an admirable eye-witness account by way of Cuthbert, monk and later Abbot of Jarrow, either translated by means of D. H. Farmer.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by means of introductions and notes by way of special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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And we who've all joined with Archbishop Theodore in proclaiming the Catholic religion affix our signatures hereto. ’ bankruptcy 18: John, Arch-cantor of the apostolic see, involves educate in Britain [A. D. 680] between those that signed the confirmation of the Catholic religion at this Synod used to be the venerable John, Arch-cantor of the church of the holy Apostle Peter and Abbot of the monastery of Saint Martin, who had lately come from Rome less than directions from Pope Agatho with the main reverend Abbot Benedict, of whom i've got spoken. For whilst Benedict had outfitted a monastery in Britain close to the mouth of the River Wear1 in honour of the blessed Prince of the Apostles, he travelled to Rome along with his colleague and companion within the paintings, Ceolfrid, who later succeeded him as abbot of the monastery. As he had made a number of past visits to Rome, he was once obtained with honour by means of Pope Agatho of blessed reminiscence. From him he requested and acquired a letter of privilege, granted along with his apostolic authority, which proven the independence of the monastery that he had based; for he knew this to accord with the needs of King Egfrid, with whose approval and provide he had equipped the monastery. Benedict bought Abbot John and carried out him to Britain, the place he was once to educate his clergymen the mantra for the liturgical 12 months because it was once sung at Saint Peter’s, Rome. in keeping with the Pope’s directions, Abbot John taught the cantors of the monastery the speculation and perform of making a song and analyzing aloud, and he placed into writing all that was once helpful for the right kind observance of gala's all year long. This rfile continues to be preserved during this monastery, and plenty of copies were made for different locations. John’s guide used to be now not restricted to the brethren of this monastery on my own; for males who have been knowledgeable singers got here from approximately the entire monasteries of the province to listen to him, and he got many invites to coach in different places. as well as his job of educating the humanities of making a song and analyzing, John had additionally been directed through the apostolic Pope to make cautious enquiries in regards to the religion of the Church of the English, and file on it while he again to Rome. He had introduced with him the choices of the Council lately held in Rome by way of blessed Pope Martin and 105 bishops, which really condemned those that taught that just one will operated in Christ, and he passed this over for a transcript to be made within the monastery of the main non secular Abbot Benedict. those that supported such perspectives had triggered nice confusion within the Church of Constantinople on the time, yet by means of God’s support they have been uncovered and refuted. hence, Pope Agatho wanted to learn at the kingdom of the Church in Britain in addition to in different provinces, and even if it used to be loose from infection by means of heretics; so he entrusted this venture to the main reverend Abbot John, who had already been ordered to go to Britain. After the above-mentioned Synod have been summoned for the aim in Britain, the Catholic religion used to be proven to be held untainted via all, and a duplicate of its judgements used to be given to John to take again to Rome.

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