Written by the late Patrick Wormald, one of the leading authorities on Bede's life and work over a 30-year period, this book is a collection of studies on Bede and early English Christian society. * A collection of studies on Bede, the greatest historian of the English Middle Ages, and the early English church. * Integrates the religious, intellectual, political and social history of the English in their first Christian centuries. * Looks at how Bede and other writers charted the establishment of a Christian community within a warrior society. * Features the first map of all known or likely early Christian communities in England. * Includes plans and illustrations of the finest early Christian church in England at Brixworth. * An appendix considers Bede's treatment of St. Hilda, the first great English female saint.