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A Companion to Bede

About the Author

George Brown

George Brown did his undergraduate studies as a Jesuit at St. Louis University, and, after gaining an advanced degree in philosophy, he received an M.A. in English. In Innsbruck, Austria, he studied theology for four years. After further studies in Europe he went to Harvard for his doctorate in English. He has studied paleography (Greek and Latin manuscripts) in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Oxford, London, and Rome. Following two years' teaching at St. Louis University, Brown came to Stanford in 1971. For a number of years he was head of the Medieval Studies Program. Recipient of the Dinkelspiel award for his contribution to Stanford education, he teaches Old and Middle English language and...

Boydell & Brewer

The Venerable Bede is a crucial figure for Anglo-Saxonists, arguably the most important known character from the period.  A scholar of international standing from an early period of the Anglo-Saxon church (c.672-732), he was the author not only of the well known Ecclesiastical History of the English People, but also of scriptural commentaries, hagiographies, scientific works, admonitory letters, and poetry.  A Companion to Bede provides an informative, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to Bede and his writings, underlining in particular his importance in the development of European history and culture.  It places Bede in his contemporary Northumbrian and early Anglo-Saxon England, dedicates individual chapters to his works, and includes a chapter on Bede's legacy for subsequent history.