Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon Church: From Bede to Stigand by Alexander R. Rumble

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By Alexander R. Rumble

Either episcopal and abbatial authority have been of primary significance to the improvement of the Christian church in Anglo-Saxon England. Bishops and heads of monastic homes have been invested with quite a few varieties of energy and effect. Their activities, judgements, and writings may swap not just their very own associations, but additionally the nationwide church, whereas their interplay with the king and his court docket affected wider modern society.Theories of ecclesiastical management have been expounded in modern texts and records. yet how some distance did snapshot or perfect replicate fact? How a lot room used to be there for people to take advantage of their workplace to advertise new principles? The papers during this quantity illustrate the real roles performed by means of person top ecclesiastics in England, either in the church and within the wider political sphere, from the overdue 7th to the mid 11th century. The indisputable authority of Bede and Bishop Æthelwold is confirmed but additionally the impression of less-familiar figures similar to Bishop Wulfsige of Sherborne, Archbishop Ecgberht of York and St Leoba. The booklet attracts on either textual and fabric proof to teach the impression (by either deed and popularity) of robust personalities not just at the constructing associations of the English church but in addition at the secular politics in their time. individuals: Alexander R. Rumble, Nicholas J. Higham, Martyn J. Ryan, Cassandra Rhodes, Allan Scott McKinley, Dominik Wassenhoven, Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Debby Banham, Joyce Hill.

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That the joint foundation of Wearmouth/Jarrow was similarly dedicated to SS Peter and Paul was surely no coincidence, so Bede’s own monastic life to an extent explains his enthusiasm for Theodore. The English church was, therefore, in the present a single archdiocese and Bede delighted in the membership of the universal church which it afforded his own countrymen. 29), he was clearly well aware that the so-called ‘apostle of the English’ had originally suggested that, if conversion proceeded appropriately, the English church be organized as two separate archdioceses, each with twelve bishoprics.

Parsons, pp.  1100’, in St Oswald of Worcester’s Life and Influence, ed. Nicholas Brooks and Catherine Cubitt (London and New York, 1996), pp. 84–99; and Eric John, ‘The Church of Worcester and St Oswald’, in Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages: Studies Presented to Henry Mayr-Harting, ed. Richard Gameson and Henrietta Leyser (Oxford, 2001), pp. 142–57. 109 The institution of the monastic cathedral did not spread further before 1066, however, though three of the four named above,110 and the few others instituted after the Norman Conquest,111 lasted until the Dissolution.

Bede’s interest in Bishop John presumably stemmed from his earlier tenure of the see of Hexham, since it was in that capacity that he had known him at Jarrow, and had, of course, been ordained by him, and he was far more interested in Acca, at Hexham, than either Bosa or Wilfrid II at York. Bede did not avoid the subject of York in recent times, therefore, in the way that he avoided over-much discussion of recent kings, but he certainly made no allusion to the see’s archdiocesan claims in a context later than the 630s.

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