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Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People'

Bede's 'Ecclesiastical History Of The English People'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1140

Shelfmark: Additional MS 14250

Item number: f.5r

Length: 27

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The Venerable' Bede (c.672-735) finished writing his 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People' in 731; it is an historical account of Christianity in England down to his own lifetime. It has been called 'the foundation of all our knowledge of British history and a masterpiece eulogised by the scholars of every age'. In this manuscript the text is followed by a series of annals which show that it was owned by Plympton Priory, in Devon. This page contains the end of a list of the chapters of the first book, and the start of Book I itself.

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