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By George Hardin Brown

The Venerable Bede is a vital determine for Anglo-Saxonists, arguably crucial, identified personality from the interval. A pupil of foreign status from an early interval of the Anglo-Saxon church [c.672-732], he used to be the writer not just of the well known Ecclesiastical historical past of the English People, but additionally of scriptural commentaries, hagiographies, clinical works, admonitory letters, and poetry. This ebook presents an informative, complete, and up to date consultant to Bede and his writings, underlining particularly his significance within the improvement of ecu heritage and tradition. It areas Bede in his modern Northumbria and early Anglo-Saxon England, dedicates person chapters to his works, and incorporates a bankruptcy on Bede's legacy for next background.

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He discusses the day, week, and month. After his description of the Roman months and dating (chs. 12–13) and the Greek months (ch. 14), he provides a chapter on English months, De mensibus Anglorum, with precious data for students of Germanic and Anglo-Saxon culture. ”50 Since the English adopted the Roman calendar at an early date, Bede is really our only source for most of the information given here, scant though it is, about the months and the gods to whom they were dedicated. The first month, which the Latins call January, is Giuli; February is called Solmonath; March, Hrethmonath; April, Eostormonath; May, Thrimilchi; June, Litha; July, also Litha; August, Weodmonath; September, Halegmonath; October, Winterfilleth; November, Blodmonath; December, Giuli, the same name by which January is called.

50 Since the English adopted the Roman calendar at an early date, Bede is really our only source for most of the information given here, scant though it is, about the months and the gods to whom they were dedicated. The first month, which the Latins call January, is Giuli; February is called Solmonath; March, Hrethmonath; April, Eostormonath; May, Thrimilchi; June, Litha; July, also Litha; August, Weodmonath; September, Halegmonath; October, Winterfilleth; November, Blodmonath; December, Giuli, the same name by which January is called.

Kendall’s excellent analysis in “The Responsibility of auctoritas: Method and Meaning in Bede’s Commentary on Genesis,” in Innovation and Tradition in the Writings of the Venerable Bede,” ed. 101–19. Pseudo-Augustine, De mirabilibus Sacrae Scripturae (PL 35: 2149–2200); Liber de ordine creaturarum, ed. and trans. M. C. Díaz y Díaz (Santiago de Compostela, 1972). See M. L. W. Laistner, Thought and Letters in Western Europe, (Ithaca, 1957), p. 146; Kathleen Hughes, “The Church in Irish Society, 400–800,” in A New History of Ireland, I: Prehistoric and Early Ireland, ed.

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