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Bede and Anglo-Saxon Paganism

Bede and Anglo-Saxon Paganism Bede and Anglo-Saxon Paganism The Venerable Bede appears to have been born near Jarrow about 612. H e himself tells us (Historia Ecclesiastica, Il.xiv) that the first conversion of Northumbria, by R o m a n missionaries under Paulinus, took place during the reign of Edwin. According to the most recent investigation of Northumbrian chronology by Kirby, it would have begun about 619; however, it seems unlikely that the change to Christianity would have gained much m o m e n t u m before the conversion of Edwin himself about 627. There was a pagan reaction in 633 or 634 when Edwin was killed, which lasted until 635 or 636 when his nephew Oswald obtained the help of Aidan as a missionary from the Scots, so establishing the Irish style of Christianity in Northumbria for the next generation until the R o m a n triumph in 664 at the Synod of Whitby. In spite of the fact that Bede's parents placed him in Benedict Biscop's monastery at the age of seven, it is likely that he would have learnt quite a considerable amount about the paganism of the Anglo-Saxons from his elders, and from oral tradition. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Bede and Anglo-Saxon Paganism

Parergon , Volume 3 (1) – Apr 3, 1985

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Bede and Anglo-Saxon Paganism The Venerable Bede appears to have been born near Jarrow about 612. H e himself tells us (Historia Ecclesiastica, Il.xiv) that the first conversion of Northumbria, by R o m a n missionaries under Paulinus, took place during the reign of Edwin. According to the most recent investigation of Northumbrian chronology by Kirby, it would have begun about 619; however, it seems unlikely that the change to Christianity would have gained much m o m e n t u m before the conversion of Edwin himself about 627. There was a pagan reaction in 633 or 634 when Edwin was killed, which lasted until 635 or 636 when his nephew Oswald obtained the help of Aidan as a missionary from the Scots, so establishing the Irish style of Christianity in Northumbria for the next generation until the R o m a n triumph in 664 at the Synod of Whitby. In spite of the fact that Bede's parents placed him in Benedict Biscop's monastery at the age of seven, it is likely that he would have learnt quite a considerable amount about the paganism of the Anglo-Saxons from his elders, and from oral tradition.

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ParergonAustralian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Published: Apr 3, 1985

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