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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2007
I found this book surprisingly easy to read, which says much for the translation and could be read by anybody from teens and older.
The introduction is interesting providing a mini biography of Bede.
The book itself is good but I think it is of more value to history or theology scholars rather than an average Joe like me.
There are interesting overviews of 1st century history but most of the book concentrates on the establishment of the Catholic church in England, the lives of various clergy, stories of miracles and theological debates.
If this is not your bag then you are not likely to enjoy it.
There is also a tendency for it to be a little repetitive. Many of the stories seem the same with different names inserted.
However,many of the chapters are very short (half-a-page to a page) so is a good book to pick up and put down rather than read in long sessions.
The book overall is good, but I would say not for everyone.