Latin Text

Crépin, A., M. Lapidge, P. Monat, and P. Robin. 2005. Bède le Vénérable: Histoire Ecclésiastique du Peuple Anglais. 3 vols. Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf. Latin text with apparatus by Lapidge, introduction and notes by Crépin, French translation by Monat and Robin. Sources Chrétiennes series vols. 489 (HE Books 1–2), 490 (HE  Books 3–4), and 491 (Book 5).

Colgrave, Bertram, and R.A.B. Mynors. 1979Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Oxford: Clarendon Press. With English Translation.

Plummer, Charles. 1896Venerabilis Baedae Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum Historia. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Extensive introduction, Latin text with apparatus criticus, notes, and valuable indices. Scans on vol. 1vol. 2.  

Giles, J.A. 1843. Saint Bede, The Complete Works of Venerable Bede, in the original Latin, collated with the Manuscripts, and various printed editions, and accompanied by a new English translation of the Historical Works, and a Life of the Author. 8 vols. London: Whittaker and Co. Scans collected by the Liberty Fund.    

Commentaries on the Latin Text

Garforth, F.W. 2003. Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. Reprint of 1967 edition published by Bell & Hyman, Ltd.

Wallace-Hadrill, J.M. 1988Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People: A Historical Commentary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

English Translations

Colgrave, Bertram, and Judith McClure and Roger Collins. 2008. Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. New York: Oxford. Oxford World Classics. The translation is that of Colgrave, with notes and Introductory material by McClure and Collins.

Sellar, A.M. 1917. Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. London: G. Bell & Sons. Scan at

Stevens, John. 1910. The Venerable Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. Revised by Lionel C. Jane. Introduction by Vida D. Scudder. London: J.M. Dent. Digitized in Fordham University's Internet History Sourcebook. Scan at

Commentaries on the English Translation

Wright, John Robert. 2008. A Companion to Bede: A Reader’s Commentary on the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans.


Baxter, J.H. and Charles Johnson. 1950. Medieval Latin Word-List from British and Irish Sources. London: Oxford University Press.

Latham, Ronald E. 1979. Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources. 1 vol. and 9 fascicles. London: British Academy/Oxford University Press. Also available via Logeion.

Jones, Putnam Fennell. 1929. A Concordance to the Historia Ecclesiastica of Bede. Cambridge, Mass.: Concordance Society by the Mediaeval Academy of America. ACLS Humanities e-Book.


Brown, George Hardin. 2010. A Companion to Bede. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press.

DeGregorio, Scott, ed. 2010. The Cambridge Companion to Bede. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Includes a helpful list of further reading and an extensive bibliography.

Higham, N.J. 2006. (Re-) Reading Bede: The Ecclesiastical History in Context. London: Routledge.

Life of Bede

Blair, Peter H. 1971. The World of Bede. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Blair, Peter H. 1976. Northumbria in the Days of Bede. London: St. Martin’s Press.

Brown, George Hardin. 1987. Bede, the Venerable. Twayne English Authors Series. Boston: Twayne.

Ward, Benedicta. 1990. The Venerable Bede. Outstanding Christian Thinkers Series. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse.

Wormald, Patrick. 2006. The Times of Bede: Studies in Early Christian Society and Its Historian. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Anglo-Saxon England

Blair, Peter H. 2003. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Goffard, Walter. 1988. The Narrators of Barbarian History (A.D. 550–800): Jordanes, Gregory of Tours, Bede, and Paul the Deacon. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Hawkes, Jane, and Susan Mills, eds. 1999. Northumbria’s Golden Age. Stroud: Sutton.

Kirby, D.P. 1991. The Earliest English Kings. London, Unwin Hyman.

Lapidge, Michael, et al., eds. 1999. The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Blackwell.

Lapidge, Michael. 2006. The Anglo-Saxon Library. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Loyn, H.R. 1955. "Gesiths and Thegns in Anglo-Saxon England from the Seventh to the Tenth Century." The English Historical Review 70: 529–549.

Mayr-Harting, Henry. 1972. The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvanial State University Press. 

Rollason, David W. 2003. Northumbria, 500–1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, Harold M. 1965-78. Anglo-Saxon Architecture. 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Wood, S. 1983. "Bede's Northumbrian Dates Again." The English Historical Review 98: 280–296.

The Anglo-Saxon Church and Monasticism

Blair, John. 2005. The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Foot, Sarah. 2006. Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England c. 600–900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McGuire, Brian Patrick. 1988. Friendship and Community: The Monastic Experience, 350–1250. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications.

Mitchell, Barbara. 1995. “Anglo-Saxon Double Monasteries.” History Today 45: 33–39.

Women in Bede and Anglo-Saxon Monasticism

Brown, Jennifer N. and Donna Alfano Russell. 2012. Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Harrison, Dick. 1988. The Age of Abbesses and Queens: Gender and Political Culture in Early Medieval Europe. Lund, Sweden: Nordic Academic Press. See especially “The Women of Bede,” pp. 244–257.

Nicholson, Joan. 1978. “Feminae gloriosae: women in the age of Bede." In  Medieval Women, edited by Derek Baker, 15–29. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

Bede's Latin

Brown, George H. 1993. “The Meaning of Interpres in Aldhelm and Bede.” In Interpretation: Medieval and Modern, edited by Piero Boitano and Anna Torti, 43–65. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer.

Druhan, D.R. 1938. The Syntax of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica. Catholic University Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Latin, vol. 8. Washington, DC: Catholic University.

Grocock, C.W. 1999. “Bede and the Golden age of Latin Prose in Northumbria.” In Northumbria’s Golden Age, edited by J. Hawkes and S. Mills, 371–382. Stroud: Sutton Publishing.

Hays, Gregory. 2012. “Prose Style.” In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, edited by Ralph J. Hexter and David Townsend, 217–238Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Kendall, Calvin B. 1978. “Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica: The Rhetoric of Faith.” In Medieval Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Medieval Rhetoric, edited by James J. Murphy, 145–172. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Laistner, M.L.W. 1935. “The Library of the Venerable Bede.” In Bede: His Life, Times, and Writings, edited by A.H. Thompson, 237–266. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lapidge, Michael. 2006. The Anglo-Saxon Library. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ó Cróinín, Dáibh. 1995. Early Medieval Ireland, 400–1200. Longman History of Ireland. New York: Routledge.

Plummer, Charles. 1896. Venerabilis Baedae Historia Eccelsiastica Gentis Anglorum Historia. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Extensive introduction, Latin text with apparatus criticus, notes, and valuable indices. Scan on vol. 1vol. 2.

Shanzer, Danuta. 2007. “Bede’s Style: A Neglected Historiographical Model for the Style of the Historia Ecclesiastica?” In Source of Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill, edited by Frederick M. Hall et al., 329–352. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Sharpe, Richard. 2005. “The Varieties of Bede’s Prose.” In Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose, edited by Tobias Reinhardt, Michael Lapidge, and J.N. Adams, 339–356. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tannenhaus, Gussie Hecht. 1973. Bede: Concerning Figures and Tropes. In Readings in Medieval Rhetoric, edited by Joseph M. Miller, Michael H. Prosser, and Thomas W. Benson, 96–122. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Tunberg, Terence. 1996. “Prose Styles and Cursus.” In Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographical Guide, edited by Frank Mantello and Arthur G. Rigg, 111–121. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America.

Tunberg, Terence. 2004. “The Latinity of Erasmus and Medieval Latin: Continuities and Discontinuities.” Journal of Medieval Latin 14: 145–168.

Wetherbee, Winthrop. 1978. “Some Implications of Bede’s Latin Style.” In Bede and Anglo-Saxon England: Papers in honor of the 1300th anniversary of the birth of Bede, given at Cornell University in 1973 and 1974, edited by Robert T. Farrell, 23–31. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Online and Multimedia

Bedingfield, Brad, ed. 2000. Anglo-Saxon England: A Guide to Online Resources. Accessed June 8, 2017.

British Museum. 2017. "Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300–1100. Room 41, The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery." The British Museum. Accessed June 8, 2017.…

Darby, Peter, and Máirín Mac Carron. N.d. BEDENET. Accessed June 8, 2017. (academic news about Bede. On Twitter: @BedeNetwork)

Griffith, Nicola. 2016. Gemaecca: The story of making a novel about Hild of Whitby. Accessed June 8, 2017. (website of author Nicola Griffith, author of Hild, including research on St. Hild and Anglo-Saxon England)

Harris, Stephen. N.d. Bede Net. Accessed June 8, 2017. (bibliography to 1999)

Historical Association. 2017. "Anglo-Saxons: A Brief History." Historical Association: The Voice for History. Accessed June 8, 2017.

Jarrow Hall. 2016. Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm Village and Bede Museum. Accessed June 8, 2017. (historic site in Jarrow, Northumbria, UK)

LibriVox, 2012. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England. Accessed June 8, 2017.… (audio recording of the translation of A.M. Sellar)