EfM Y3: Medieval Reading

After last night’s rant on what is missing from the medieval portions of Y3 readings, I feel like it really should supply a suggested reading list for the revision of EfM materials and reading of current students. I’m not suggesting that EfMers read all this but it is good browsing material. I’ll try to find a variety. If you notice I have left something off, please add it in the comments section below.

Medieval Texts

  • Bede’s The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
    • Remember that Bede did not see history the way we do so don’t hold him to modern standards. He is writing salvation history like the Old Testament writers. He learned what history is and how to write it from studying the Old Testament.
  • Bede, Homilies on the Gospels’ Vol. I and Homilies on the Gospels: Lent to the Dedication of the Church (Vol II) published in modern translation by Cistercian Publications. This would be the most accessible for people unfamiliar with medieaval styles of theology. This was a very popular book among Bede’s contemporaries and for the next couple centuries.
  • Bede’s On Genesis Liverpool UP (Translated Texts for Historians) One of his biblical commentaries just published in modern translation within the last couple years. Would be a good comparison considering all the time EfMers spend on Genesis in Y1.
    • He wrote about 18 commentaries on the bible (depending on how you count them) so there are others to choose from. Two of his most original are On the Catholic Epistles (non-Paulinine Epistles) and On Ezra-Nehemiah. He was the first to write commentaries on both of them. On Ezra in particular will give you an understanding of the great depth of his historical knowledge about the ancient world and biblical history.
  • Bede The Reckoning of Time. Liverpool UP.Check this one out to get an idea of Bede’s scientific writings. Its quite interesting. It is one of several textbooks that he wrote.
  • Farmer, D. (ed).The Age of Bede Penguin
    • Translations of the Life of Cuthbert by Bede, Stephan’s Life of Bishop Wilfrid, History of the Abbots of Wearmouth Jarrow by Bede, History of Ceolfrith, Voyage of Brendan

Secondary Sources