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Wulfric, 897 A.
Wulfric, son of Leofwin, 1010 E.
Wulfsig, bp. of Lichfield, 1053
Wulfsig, abbot of Ramsey, 1016
Wulfstan I, abp. of York, in Lei-
Wulfstan, deacon, 963 A.
Wulfstan, bp. of London, 996 F.
Wulfwig, bp. of Dorchester,
Wulfwyn, abbess of Wareham,
Wulpe (Flanders), 1049 C, 1050 D.
Wyrtgeorn, king of the Britons,
Yffe, 560 B, C.
Yonne, river, 887 A.
York [Eoferwic, Ceaster, Eofer-
Yrling, 1046 E.
Yser, river (Belgium), 1052 E.
Yttingaford (Bucks), 906 A, D.
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ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND
A REVISED TRANSLATION
WITH INTRODUCTION, LIFE, AND NOTES BY
LATE VICE-PRINCIPAL OF LADY MARGARET HALL, OXFORD
THIS English version of the "Ecclesiastical History" is a revision of the translation of Dr. Giles, which is itself a revision of the earlier rendering of Stevens. In the present edition very considerable alterations have been made, but the work of Dr. Giles remains the basis of the translation. The Latin text used throughout is Mr. Plummer's. Since the edition of Dr. Giles appeared in 1842, so much fresh work on the subject has been done, and recent research has brought so many new facts to light, that it has been found necessary to rewrite the notes almost entirely, and to add a new introduction. After the appearance of Mr. Plummer's edition of the Historical Works of Bede, it might seem superfluous, for the present at least, to write any notes at all on the "Ecclesiastical History." The present volume, however, is intended to fulfil a different and humbler function. There has been no attempt at any original work, and no new theories are advanced. The object of the book is to present in a short and convenient form the substance of the views held by trustworthy authorities, and it is hoped that it may be found useful by those students who have difficulty in consulting more important works. Some Opinions of the Press will be found in the following pages.
LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS
BEDE'S ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS
"The value of Bede's 'History' is sufficiently recognised by students and scholars, and a fresh translation of it is justified. Miss Sellar's is excellent, as it shows a command of Latin and English alike. The notes, too, are well done, since they generally give in few words the information required for a right understanding of Bede. The English reader who wishes to examine one of the sources of our history may well be advised to make use of this work, which deserves high praise for its thoroughness."-Athenæum.
"The present editor has accomplished her task with care and judgement, and her Introduction is likely to be found very useful—giving, as it does, the bibliography of the subject in brief and also an analysis of Bede's work."—Guardian.
"Miss Sellar's aim has been to give in a convenient form the substance of the views held by the best authorities, and to play the intermediary between the student and the more recondite works on the subject. In this she has admirably succeeded.”—Pall Mall Gazette.
"This edition shows signs of much labour and care, and should hold the field for some time to come."-Standard.
"This latest translation of that great book, 'Bede's Ecclesiastical History,' which is at once the earliest classic of the Church of England, and the most trustworthy of the narratives of an earlier history, is a revision of that of Dr. Giles. Miss A. M. Sellar has completed her volume by adding a useful introduction and analysis of the chronicle, a sketch of Bede's life, and an index. This becomes the standard translation of a work second to none as material of history-for the laborious industry with which the scholar-saint sought after accuracy of statement was something of a portent in the seventh century-and in itself a vivid picture of the life of barbarian England that might commend itself to the most unprofessional reader of history."-Outlook.
"We have compared Miss Sellar's text closely with Dr. Giles', and are able to appreciate the good work which has been put into this new work. Repeatedly Miss Sellar rescues some point which the earlier translation had missed. The notes put the ordinary reader in possession of most of the new information which the researches of scholars like Mr. Plummer, Professor Mayor, and Dr. Lumley have made available." -Cambridge Review.
"The revised translation should meet with a wide welcome. Bede's Latin presents difficulties even to those fairly familiar with the classical and mediaeval forms of the language, but those who could not or would not face them have hitherto had no better substitute than the unsatisfactory version of the industrious but not very scholarly Dr. Giles. Miss
Sellar has taken his translation as a basis, but it now appears in a vastly improved shape. The notes, index and map have also been care
fully revised."-Manchester Guardian,
"Miss Sellar has worked over Dr. Giles' translation with the great advantage of Mr. Plummer's admirable Latin text, and has rewritten most of the notes with the help of results reached by recent historical students. She has also furnished a new Introduction, giving some account of Bede's sources and an analysis of each of the five books of the history. Her task has been executed all through with great care and fidelity, and her volume will certainly prove useful to a large circle of readers who, without the leisure or the inclination to go very deeply into the study of ecclesiastical history in Anglo-Saxon times, would like to possess Bede's classic in an English form that is at once readable, handy, and carefully edited."-Glasgow Herald.
"It is a student's working edition, and from that point of view, it could not be surpassed. The Introduction gives an account of the chief manuscripts, the first editions, and some of the translations. The extended analysis of the History will be of great service, and the brief Life has caught the charm which Bede casts over all his biographers. The translation has some quaint touches which show the hand of John Stevens, and is eminently readable. Many will be thankful for such an edition of a classic work."-London Quarterly Review.
"We are glad to welcome a revised translation from the pen of Miss A. M. Sellar, a lady whose learning distinguishes her among the AngloSaxon scholars of our time. Miss Sellar adds greatly to the value of the volume by furnishing a lengthy historical Introduction, a life of the 'Venerable' Bede, and numerous useful notes. Miss Sellar deserves gratitude for the general excellence of her performance. Bede's work is simply invaluable, and is one of the thesauri of the historian."—Homiletic Review.
"The classic, and chief source of our knowledge of early Britain, has here been edited anew in a careful and scholarly fashion. It is a revision of the Giles' translation, which appeared in 1842. The Introduction gives a useful synopsis of the History; and the Life-what there is of it to know-is well and intelligently told. Those who do not possess the Plummer edition of Bede's works, issued in 1896, will find this reprint of the History worth having."-Birmingham Post.
"Many besides the student' will be grateful for this new version of the venerable father' of English history. It was time that Giles' translation (the popular ' Bohn' edition) should be subjected to the correction and revision which it receives in the now issued publication. In every point, of fidelity to the original, biography, notes, and illustrations, the new Bede is immeasurably the superior."-Bookseller.
"It is based on Dr. Giles' work, and many scholarly writers have been consulted in the preparation of the notes. In an Introduction Miss Sellar adopts the excellent plan of summarising the matter of each book. This edition will be highly valued by all students of Bede's famous work."-Yorkshire Post.