IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1333: Bede's Friends and Enemies, II: Friends, Enemies, and the Historia ecclesiastica

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Research Centre, University of Leicester
Organiser:Peter Darby, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:James Palmer, School of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1333-aBede's Wise and Foolish Virgins: Streanæshalch and Coldingham
(Language: English)
Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1333-bThe Old English Translator of the Historia ecclesiastica: Bede's Friend or Foe?
(Language: English)
Andreas Lemke, Seminar für Englische Philologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1333-c'I have followed the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History wherever I could…': Bede's Friends and Imitators among the Anglo-Norman Historians
(Language: English)
Benjamin Pohl, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin

These papers will explore issues connected with Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica, focussing upon the twin themes of friendship and hostility. Paper A (Barrow) will examine Bede’s allusions to the Bible in the HE, comparing his account of Hild’s Streanæshalch and Æbbe’s Coldingham (one of which is friendly, the other inimical to the religiously minded). Paper B (Lemke) will consider the treatment that the HE received upon its translation into Old English, explaining which aspects of this project were friendly and which were hostile to the spirit of the original Latin text. Paper C (Pohl) will consider how historical writers of the 11th and 12th centuries (William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon and Orderic Vitalis) explicitly remembered Bede in their writings, showing that the HE provided them with a template for their own ideas about the past.