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Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England

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Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England is a work in Latin by Bede on the history of the Christian Churches in England, and of England generally; its main focus is on the conflict between Roman and Celtic Christianity. It is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history. It is believed to have been completed in 731, when Bede was approximately 59 years old. Divided into five books, it covers the history of England, ecclesiastical and political, from the time of Julius Caesar to the date of its completion (731).

The History of the English Church and People has a clear polemical and didactic purpose. Bede sets out, not just to tell the story of the English, but to advance his views on politics and religion. In political terms he is a partisan of his native Northumbria, amplifying its role in English history over and above that of Mercia, its great southern rival. While Bede is loyal to Northumbria, he shows an even greater attachment to the Irish and the Irish Celtic missionaries, whom he considers to be far more effective and dedicated than their rather complacent English counterparts. His final preoccupation is over the precise date of Easter, which he writes about at length. It is here, and only here, that he ventures some criticism of St Cuthbert and the Irish missionaries, who celebrated the event, according to Bede, at the wrong time. In the end he is pleased to note that the Irish Church was saved from error by accepting the correct date for Easter. (Summary modified from Wikipedia) (13 hr 6 min)


01 - Editor's Preface & Introduction


Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)

02 - Life of Bede & Preface


Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)

03 - Book I, Chapters 1-8


Read by Michael Dalling

04 - Book I, Chapters 9-17


Read by bobolink

05 - Book I, Chapters 18-26


Read by Michael Kress

06 - Book I, Chapter 27


Read by Jonathan Lange

07 - Book I, Chapters 28-34


Read by David Salisbury

08 - Book II, Chapters 1-3


Read by Katherine

09 - Book II, Chapters 4-9


Read by Katherine

10 - Book II, Chapters 10-13


Read by Katherine

11 - Book II, Chapters 14-20


Read by Katherine

12 - Book III, Chapters 1-7


Read by stmacduff

13 - Book III, Chapters 8-14


Read by stmacduff

14 - Book III, Chapters 15-21


Read by Jonathan Lange

15 - Book III, Chapters 22-24


Read by Jonathan Lange

16 - Book III, Chapters 25-26


Read by Jonathan Lange

17 - Book III, Chapters 27-30


Read by Felicity C

18 - Book IV, Chapters 1-4


Read by Larry Beasley

19 - Book IV, Chapters 5-11


Read by Robert Hoffman

20 - Book IV, Chapters 12-17


Read by Robert Hoffman

21 - Book IV, Chapters 18-22


Read by Jonathan Lange

22 - Book IV, Chapters 23-25


Read by Jonathan Lange

23 - Book IV, Chapters 26-32


Read by J. A. Cook

24 - Book V, Chapters 1-7


Read by Felicity C

25 - Book V, Chapters 8-12


Read by Felicity C

26 - Book V, Chapters 13-18


Read by Felicity C

27 - Book V, Chapters 19-20


Read by Ernst Schnell

28 - Book V, Chapter 21


Read by C F de Rosset

29 - Book V, Chapters 22-24, Continuation


Read by Kevin Johnson


Bede's History

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What a treat to find this treasure read so well!

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generally well read from a range of contributors, thank you!

Very well done!

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Solid reading and audio quality.

David Salisbury should have read the entire book

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David Salisbury should have read the entire book he makes the book 100% more interesting then the others the book go's well with his accent and I'd rather listen to him then anyone else to bad he only does 1 chapter... wish he did more..