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Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum


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Bede (c. 673—735) monk, historian, and theologian

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The most famous work of Bede, completed in 731. It is a Latin history of the English people, in five books, from the invasion of Julius Caesar, beginning with a description of Britain and ending with an account of the state of the country in 731. The author draws on Pliny and other Latin authors, and on Gildas and probably the Historia Britonum of Nennius. It was translated into Old English in the 890s, in the course of the programme of translations inaugurated by Alfred.

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