The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica by Sharon M. Rowley

By Sharon M. Rowley

The outdated English model of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is among the earliest and such a lot tremendous surviving works of previous English prose. Translated anonymously round the finish of the 9th or starting of the 10th century, the textual content, that is considerably shorter than Bede's unique, was once popular and actively utilized in medieval England, and was once hugely influential. despite the fact that, regardless of its significance, it's been little studied. during this first ebook at the topic, the writer areas the paintings in its manuscript context, arguing that the textual content used to be an self sustaining, ecclesiastical translation, thoughtfully revised for its new viewers. instead of in retrospect at the age of Bede from the point of view of a king centralizing energy and construction a neighborhood by way of recalling an excellent English prior, the outdated English model of Bede's Historia transforms its resource to target neighborhood historical past, key Anglo-Saxon saints, and their miracles. the writer argues that its examining displays an ecclesiastical environment greater than a political one, with makes use of extra hagiographical than royal; and that instead of getting used as a class-book or crib, it functioned as a source for vernacular preaching, as a corpus of vernacular saints' lives, for oral functionality, and episcopal authority

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While the OEHE brought a version of the Historia Ecclesiastica to later and possibly wider vernacular Anglo-Saxon audiences, the evidence suggests that it sometimes did so in fragments, as Table 2 demonstrates. Clearly, given the state of the manuscripts and the many signs of activity in them, it is not always safe to assume readers had access to complete texts, even in the early-tenth century. We know that some losses to the manuscripts occurred very early. 16–20, must have gone missing and been restored before C was copied in the mid-tenth century.

The third scribe wrote only folio 47r and part of 47v. 23 The majority of these are contemporary with the copying of the manuscript, some of them in the red ink of the rubricator. The hands are a rounded form of insular minuscule, with scribe 3 showing the influence of Anglo-Saxon square minuscule. When O came to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is also unknown. It was not part of the original collection of the library’s founder Richard Foxe, nor does it appear in the library’s earliest record (1589).

213. , p. 213. H. O. indd 35 28/06/2011 19:45:12 The Old English Version of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica Disclaimer: Some images in the printed version of this book are not available for inclusion in the eBook. To view the image on this page please refer to the printed version of this book. indd 36 28/06/2011 19:45:13 The Manuscripts and Editions of the OEHE bound with a fourteenth-century Latin copy of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica in the sixteenth or seventeenth century, until they were separated and rebound in 1992.

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