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Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England
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The Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (in English: Ecclesiastical History of the English People) is a work in Latin by Bede on the history of the Christian Churches in England, and of England... More > generally; its main focus is on the conflict between Roman and Celtic Christianity. It is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history and has played a key role in the development of an English national identity. It is believed to have been completed in 731, when Bede was approximately 59 years old.< Less
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Originally published in 1859, Adam Bede is a novel of rural realism set at the close of the eighteenth century. The plot concerns a love triangle hinging upon Hetty Sorrel who is pretty yet vain and... More > essentially self-centred. The other corners are represented by the local carpenter Adam Bede and the young squire Arthur Donnithorne. While Adam seeks to court his beloved, Arthur takes the direct route and seduces her only to subsequently leave her. Unfortunately, after Hetty agrees to marry Adam, she finds out that she is pregnant with Arthur's child. From there, matters escalate. Adam Bede is notable for its sense of realism. The setting is no rural idyll and the principle characters do not wonder around philosophising. The language is naturally spoken, which can be difficult but is entirely in keeping with the reality of rural England at the turn of the nineteenth century.< Less
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Adam Bede follows the lives of a fictional rural community. The life and expectations of the good carpenter Adam Bede are disrupted when the local lord takes liberties below his station and his... More > conscience. The novel is a discussion of class and education and also of religion, with the female Methodist preacher Dinah Morris coming to the fore as the novel progresses.< Less
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Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly... More > respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since, and is used in university studies of 19th century English literature.< Less
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GEORGE ELIOT Adam Bede Mary Ann Evans ("George Eliot") was born Nov. 22, 1819, at South Farm, Arbury, Warwickshire, England, where her father was agent on the Newdigate estate. In her... More > youth, she was adept at butter-making and similar rural work, but she found time to master Italian and German. Her first important literary work was the translation of Strauss's "Life of Jesus" in 1844, and shortly after her father's death in 1849 she was writing in the "Westminster Review." It was not until 1856 that George Eliot settled down to the writing of novels. "Scenes from Clerical Life" first appeared serially in "Blackwood's Magazine" during 1857 and 1858; "Adam Bede," the first and most popular of her long stories, in 1859. In May, 1880, eighteen months after the death of her friend George Henry Lewes (see PHILOSOPHY, Vol. XIV), George Eliot married Mr. J. W. Cross. She died on December 22 in the same year. With all her sense of humour there is a note of sadness in George Eliot's novels.< Less
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Adam is a local carpenter much admired for his integrity and intelligence, in love with Hetty. She is attracted to Arthur, the charming local squire's grandson and heir, and falls in love with him.... More > When Adam interrupts a tryst between them, Adam and Arthur fight. Arthur agrees to give up Hetty and leaves Hayslope to return to his militia. After he leaves, Hetty Sorrel agrees to marry Adam but shortly before their marriage, discovers she is pregnant. In desperation, she leaves in search of Arthur. She cannot find him; unwilling to return to the village on account of the shame and ostracism she would have to endure, she delivers her baby with the assistance of a friendly woman she encounters. Later, the child is killed when she abandons it in a field. Not being able to bear the child's cries she tries to come back but she is too late when she finds out that it dies of exposure.< Less
Reasons for Bede's Miracles
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This study intends to show that Bede aims at creating a united moral Catholic English nation through his miracle descriptions in Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum. These miracles were results of... More > strong faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit: abundance followed hunger, serenity replaced tempests and storms, blind people started to see everything, and the ill people recovered from several diseases for their strong belief and good work.< Less
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