Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Historian article

By David Rollason, published 1st March 2002

Much research has been devoted in recent years to Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People (EH), completed in 731 at the joint monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow; but in one crucial respect little progress has been made: the editing of the text. The excellent edition published by Charles Plummer in 1896 is still the most useful available, not only for its meticulous text, but also for its notes, which remain indispensable after more than a century, its unrivalled index, its superbly detailed chronological chart, and its introduction.

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