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    Smart, Anthony 2014. Bede, Wearmouth-Jarrow and Sacred Space. International journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Vol. 14, Issue. 1, p. 22.

    Train, Daniel M. 2014. The Venerable Bede's Manuductive Hermeneutics: Lame Readers, Apostolic Teachers, and Temple Exegesis in His Commentary on Acts. Christianity & Literature, Vol. 63, Issue. 2, p. 173.

    Lavinsky, David 2017. Tolkien’s Old English Exodus and the Problematics of Allegory. Neophilologus, Vol. 101, Issue. 2, p. 305.

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As the major writer and thinker of the Anglo-Saxon period, the Venerable Bede is a key figure in the study of the literature and thought of this time. This Companion, written by an international team of specialists, is a key introductory guide to Bede, his writings, and his world. The first part of the volume focuses on Bede's cultural and intellectual milieu, covering his life, the secular-political contexts of his day, the foundations of the Latin learning he inherited and sought to perpetuate, the ecclesiastical and monastic setting of early Northumbria, and the foundation of his home institution, Wearmouth-Jarrow. The book then considers Bede's writing in detail, treating his educational, exegetical and historical works. Concluding with a detailed assessment of Bede's influence and reception from the time of his death up to the modern age, the Companion enables the reader to view Bede's writings within a wider cultural context.


'For students of Bede, this is a most valuable book.'

Source: New Directions

'… this text, especially with its excellent further readings and bibliography, should be the first port of call for anyone seeking to engage with Bede or his world.'

Source: The Medieval Review

'This Cambridge Companion is a work of genuine and substantial learning, and fully worthy of its subject.'

Source: Northern History

'This volume of expert essays on Bede and his legacy expounds received rather than experimental 'paradigms of understanding'.'

Jordon Wales Source: Religious Studies Review

'A welcome contribution to the field.'

Source: The Review of English Studies

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