Monthly Archives: October 2014

Speke, Parott in Middle English

In my last post, I featured a video of the Clerk of Oxford reading from the Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. Wikipedia tells me that Bede completed his opus c.731. Around 1521 (according to JSTOR), John Skelton wrote Speke, Parott which was ‘an … Continue reading

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The Sparrow in Old English

On 12th October 633, King Edwin died. To commemorate this, the Clerk of Oxford has recorded this famous passage from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. It is the story of the sparrow. St Paulinus has been preaching the gospel to King Edwin … Continue reading

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Cuthbert and Herebert

Part 3 Book IV Chapter 29 Cuthbert spent two years as a bishop before returning to the Holy Island to resume his eremitical life. Was the bishopric too much for him? No. Bede tells us that Cuthbert returned to his hermitage after God ‘made known to … Continue reading

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Cuthbert the Hermit

Part 2 Book IV Chapter 28 Yesterday, we saw how Cuthbert became a monk at Melrose in Scotland before being appointed Prior of the Benedictine monastery in Lindisfarne, Northumbria. Today, we will see how he withdrew from the world only to … Continue reading

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Cuthbert the Monk

Part I Book IV Chapter 27 The Sixth of October is the Feast Day of St Bruno, founder of the Carthusian Order, perhaps the most austere within the Catholic Church*. Inspired by him, I thought I would take a look at one … Continue reading

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Brunanburh: A Battle of Five Armies

In AD 937, Wessex and Mercia fought an alliance of Norsemen, Britons and Scots at the Battle of Brunanburh. This battle is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and a translation of it provided by S A J Bradley in Anglo Saxon Poetry … Continue reading

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Some Pleasant Place

C S Lewis Saturday Last week’s post was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Not that the conflict had a great influence over Lewis’s thoughts when he wrote to his friend, Arthur Greeves, … Continue reading

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