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By James Campbell

James Campbell's paintings at the Anglo-Saxons is recognized as being one of the most unique of contemporary writing at the interval; it really is introduced jointly during this assortment, that is either an enormous contribution to Anglo-Saxon stories in itself and in addition a pointer to the course of destiny study.

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Pelagius's heresy of the denial of the necessity of grace for salvation may have originated in the British Isles. Bede thought that it had been imported in the fifth century, and in his first book describes at some length two visits made by St Germanus to extirpate it. 82 The first book of his commentary on the Song of Songs was devoted to the refutation of Julian. His account of Pelagianism and its defeat in the fifth century was then of more than historical significance; the evidence he 79 This policy probably led to disputes of which Bede only hints, see c.

Clear, almost simple, though the Ecclesiastical History is it is the product of a complex mind working under difficult circumstances. On the one hand Bede was concerned for the truth, interested in hard facts, excellently equipped technically and writing with the good model of Eusebius before him. On the other hand he was using history to teach lessons which he felt to be badly needed; he was writing partly not as a historian but as a hagiographer; he had to suit his work to his audience and present it in such a way that it moved men less learned and less subtle than he.

Many of the difficulties in assessing the Ecclesiastical History derive from those inherent in Bede's intellectual position and in the nature of his task. Whatever the difficulties, few of those who read his book and even fewer of those who work on it fail to come to admire it. Bede had and has the power to seize the imagination of his reader and to transport him to a strange world; strange because it is so distant in time and circumstances, even stranger because it is a world so directly dominated by God, where ordinary historical causality hardly applies.

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