Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum ‘Ecclesiastical history of the English people’

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A history in five books on the churches and peoples of England.
(d. 735)
English monk at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow; author of the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum and works on various religious and theological subjects.

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c. 731
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Medieval Irish adaptation of the first seven books of the classical Latin poem Pharsalia by Lucan. It rates as one of the longest literary prose texts to survive from medieval Ireland.

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A set of Old English instructions, with included diagram, for building a magical device with which to protect a bee-enclosure (apiary). It is attested in a Gallican Psalter from Winchester, where it is part of an Old English gloss that includes various charms for healing animals. The present item follows directly on one for protection from theft of bees. The user is instructed to take a knife and use it to inscribe the circular device depicted in the diagram on a malmstone, along with the Latin words it contains (certain numerals and the words contra apes ut salui [sic] sint et in corda eorum [sic] s[crib]am h[anc]). Next, one is to drive a stake into the center of the enclosure and impose the stone on the stake until only the writing surface remains visible.

Historia regum BritanniaeHistoria regum BritanniaeGeoffrey of Monmouth's pseudohistorical narrative of the kings of Britain, from the foundation of Britain to the Anglo-Saxon conquest.Irish version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica (Books I-II)Irish version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica (Books I-II)Middle Irish version of the first two books of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum.


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[ed.] [tr.] Colgrave, Bertram, and R. A. B. Mynors [ed. and tr.], Bede’s Ecclesiastical history of the English people, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969.
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