The Venerable Bede and
the Making of the English Nation
A lecture by the Revd Canon Professor Sarah Foot,
Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History,
the University of Oxford.
Friday 16th February 2018 at 7.30 pm.
We consider it a great privilege that Professor Sarah Foot will be giving a lecture on the Venerable Bede at St Benet’s Church on 16th February.
Professor Foot will explore Bede’s place in the emergence of the Anglo-Saxon Church, his contribution to a nascent sense of English nationhood, and delve into what we can learn from the Venerable Bede’s life.
St Bede the Venerable was a 7th/8th Century monk who lived at the Monastery at Jarrow in Northumberland. He was a great theologian and historian, and is famous for writing the first history of the English Church. He has often been referred to as a result of that great work as the “Father of English History.”
Professor Foot has written and taught prolifically on the English Church in the Angl0-Saxon and Early Medieval period, and is a world renowned scholar in the field. Before her present post, she taught in the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and now holds the foremost Regius Professorship in Church History in the country at the University of Oxford.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in church, and an opportunity to meet Professor Foot.