Bede’s <i>Chronica Maiora</i>: Early Insular History in a Universal Context

Diarmuid Scully

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Bede’s Chronica Maiora: Early Insular History in a Universal Context

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This chapter examines the early insular history of Bede's Chronica Maiora in a universal context. It considers Bede's treatment of salvation history in the Chronica Maiora's account of the archipelago in the era of the Roman conquest and the barbarian invasions, viewed within the context of contemporary world history. The chapter explains that the Chronica Maiora is located in Bede's magisterial survey of divine and human time and traces the providential unfolding of universal history through the six ages of this world.

Keywords: Bede; Chronica Maiora; salvation history; Roman conquest; barbarian invasion; universal history

Chapter.  14152 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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