The Illustrated Bede

John Marsden; Photography by Geoff Green; Translated by John Gregory

Out of print

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Selections from Bede's writings, lavishly illustrated in colour.

240 x 190 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
colour illustrations
208 pages
Publication date:
01 Apr 1996


Renowned as the most learned man in eighth-century Europe and the author of the first English history to be written by an Englishman, the Venerable Bede was the personification of the golden age of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.

Here are specially commissioned translations from his Life of Cuthbert, his Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow, and his famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The large-format book is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs of manuscripts, monuments and landscapes that Bede himself would have recognized, and prefaced with illuminating introductions to the man in his time.


'A vivid panorama of the saints and warlords, hermit and holy men who dominated the dawn of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.'
-- Northern Echo

'Marsden makes this scholar of the Dark Ages a living, breathing, vital man.'
-- Edinburgh Evening News

'John Gregory's translation evokes the distinctive flavour of Bede's original and Geoff Green's imaginative photography catches all the atmosphere of historic and holy places.'
-- Yorkshire Evening Press

'Informatively introduced and beautifully illustrated.'
-- Church Times

'Rescues Bede from the venerable dust of the historian's shelves and makes him accessible to a wider audience.'
-- Yorkshire Post


John Marsden is the author of numerous books on the early history of Scotland and Northumbria, and now makes his home in the Western Isles.

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