The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the Venerable Bede (b. c. 673, d. 735), monk and scholar of Wearmouth-Jarrow near Newcastle, describes the conversion of the English people to Christianity. The work is the basis for much that we know about the early history of Britain. This copy was made in Rheims in the latter part of the ninth century. In the 12th century it had been taken to the Benedictine Abbey of Notre Dame in Lèves, near Chartres, where an inscription was added. At this time one of the original sections of Bede’s text had been lost, and a new one was copied and added, demonstrating the ongoing popularity of this work.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum
- 3rd quarter of the 9th century, Reims or Central France
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Harley MS 4978
- Article by:
- Jaakko Tahkokallio
- History and learning
Throughout human history, one of the main functions of story-telling has been to create and strengthen shared identities that hold communities together. Jaakko Tahkokallio explores the historical works of leading medieval writers.