This selection of writings from the sixth and seventh century
AD provides a powerful insight into the early history of the Christian Church
in England and Ireland.
The Age of Bede contains Bede's Life of Cuthbert
and Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow; Eddius's Life of
Wilfrid; and the anonymous Voyage of St. Brendan. They are all set
in the sixth and seventh centuries-a period which witnessed the clash between
Roman episcopal orthodoxy and the democratic monasticism that was spreading
over Ireland and Northern England.
Brendan's whimsical travelogue shows us Celtic monasticism before
it was challenged; Bede describes its canalization into missionary activity
by Cuthbert at Lindisfarne; and Eddius tells of Wilfred's enforcement of decisions
made by the Synod of Whitby. These are vivid accounts of the profoundly spiritual
and passionately heroic lives of Christian pioneers and saints.
These vital religious writings provide a revealing insight into
the reality of life at a formative time for the Church. They describe an era
of heroism and bitter conflict, and the rapid spread of the Christian faith.
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014044727X
- ISBN-13: 9780140447279
- Paperback: 288 pages