Bede and the Conversion of England

Our views about the conversion of England to Christianity during the seventh century, about the growth of the early Church, secular politics and the actions of kings, are almost entirely derived from the writings of Bede, the first English historian. His principal historical work is the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. But what were his sources of information, did he have an agenda, why did he include some things and omit others? Supplementing Bede’s writings with other primary sources (to be provided in translation as handouts) these and other issues will be investigated against the ecclesiastical and political background of the times.
There will be a visit to a church with Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture for which there will a cost for coach travel.

Suitable for all

Teaching Style: Group work / Outings

Tutor: Philip Holdsworth

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