The history of the Chvrch of Englande. Compiled by Venerable Bede, Englishman. Translated out of Latin in to English by Thomas Stapleton student in Diuinite.

The Venerable Saint Bede, trans. by Thomas Stapleton. 1565.

Image of  	The history of the Chvrch of Englande. Compiled by Venerable Bede, Englishman. Translated out of Latin in to English by Thomas Stapleton student in Diuinite.

Stapleton translates Bede’s history, but his dedication & preface act to explain and shape its significance. His dedication attempts to convince Queen Elizabeth that she is responsible for her subjects’ souls and exhorts her to restore the Catholic faith.

Image of  	The history of the Chvrch of Englande. Compiled by Venerable Bede, Englishman. Translated out of Latin in to English by Thomas Stapleton student in Diuinite.

Stapleton’s image shows the pagan Anglo-Saxon king Ethelbert dressed in sixteenth-century garb clearly in imitation of the position of Henry in the title page of the Great Bible. This image is a strong statement of a return to the right order in society.

Stapleton’s edition of Bede is not driven by images, but the image here is no less combative than those in the Actes and Monuments. It is titled: “The first face, shewe, and maner of preaching the Gospel to us Englishmen, by S. Augustin our Apostle, in the presence of Elbert then kinge of kent etc., An. 596.” It is flat, lacking movement or action and far less detailed than those of Foxe. Its content and layout, however, are a poignant attack on Henry VIII’s usurpation of church leadership. This is best seen in comparing the title page image from Henry’s Great Bible.

Metadata Details
Item Type Book
Title The history of the Chvrch of Englande. Compiled by Venerable Bede, Englishman. Translated out of Latin in to English by Thomas Stapleton student in Diuinite.
Short Title Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. English
Creator The Venerable Saint Bede, trans. by Thomas Stapleton
Publication Date 1565
Language English
Call Number Case D 245 .08647
Location Special Collections