The Moore Bede

The Moore Bede Facsimile Edition

Northumbria (United Kingdom) — 734–737

One of the oldest and most important historical documents in the history of England: Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People

  1. The Venerable Bede (672/3–735) was a Benedictine monk in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria

  2. Bede’s work begins by tracing British history from Caesar’s invasion in 55 BC up to his own time

  3. Its main focus is on the conflict between the pre-Schism Roman Rite and Celtic Christianity

The Moore Bede

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Description
The Moore Bede

The Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum or Ecclesiastical History of the English People is one of the oldest and most important historical documents in the history of England. Completed in the year 731 by Bede the Venerable, it is a history focusing on the conflict between the pre-Schism Roman Rite and Celtic Christianity in the Early Middle Ages. Bede’s first few chapters are an overview of English history beginning with Julius Caesar’s invasion in 55 BC and ending with the events of his own lifetime. Named after its former owner Bishop Tom Moore, the Moore Bede is one of the two earliest specimens of the m-type text of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum and originates from 734–737, possibly at Wearmouth or Jarrow. On the last page of the manuscript, it additionally contains the Northumbrian aelda recension Cædmon's Hymn, the oldest recorded Old English poem.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Der Moore Beda
Venerable Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum
Beda Venerabilis Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum
Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Size / Format
258 pages / 29.0 × 21.5 cm
Date
734–737
Style
Script
Anglo-Saxon minuscule
Content
Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Cædmon's Hymn
Previous Owners
Bishop John Moore (1646–1714)
George I, King of Great Britain (1660–1727)

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Moore Bede: an eighth century manuscript of the Venerable Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum

Rosenkilde and Bagger – Copenhagen, 1959

Publisher: Rosenkilde and Bagger – Copenhagen, 1959
Commentary: 1 volume by Peter Blair Hunter and Roger A. B. Mynors
Language: English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Black and white reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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