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Welcome to BedeNet.com. This site was set up to publicise activities relating to the academic study of the Anglo-Saxon monk and scholar, the Venerable Bede (c. 673–735). Here you will find a record of conference sessions that have taken place at the  International Medieval Congress (University of Leeds) and International Congress on Medieval Studies (University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI) since 2011, as well as information about various other  activities and publications.  Calls for papers for future Congresses will appear below. To contact us please write to info@bedenet.com or follow us on Twitter.

Kalamazoo and Leeds 2016

Peter and Máirín, together with Dr Paul Hilliard, have had two sessions accepted for the 2016 Kalamazoo Congress. These sessions will celebrate the thirteen-hundredth anniversary of the year 716. The lineup submitted to the Congress planning committee can be viewed here. Paired sessions on the year 716 will also be proposed for the 2016 Leeds IMC. Details of the Leeds sessions will be posted in due course.

Title: A.D. 716: Bede, Wearmouth-Jarrow and beyond

Abstract: Keeping with the longstanding tradition of two sessions dedicated to the study of the Venerable Bede (c. 673-735), the organizers propose two sessions for the 2016 Congress. Recent strands have been broad in focus (e.g.  ‘Bede 1’ and ‘Bede 2’ in 2014; ‘Issues and Controversies’ in 2015) but in 2016 we wish to focus on a specific year: A.D. 716. This was a particularly momentous year for Bede and his monastery at Wearmouth and Jarrow, and the thirteen-hundredth anniversary offers an appropriate reason to revisit it from a number of different scholarly angles. In 716 Bede was completing his momentous commentary on the Book of 1 Samuel, perhaps his densest and most complex exegetical work. Other short works were also completed at this time, including a tract on the resting places on the children of Israel and a treatise on Isaiah 24.22. A book of responses to 30 questions from Nothhelm, a priest of London, has also been assigned to this period.  716 was the year in which Ceolfrith, Bede’s abbot and mentor, left the community to make one last journey to Rome, dying en-route at the monastery of Langres in Northern Francia on 25 September. The year is therefore the terminus ante quem for the completion of the Codex Amiatinus, the oldest complete Vulgate Bible to survive intact, produced under Ceolfrith’s stewardship and taken with him on his final voyage. Changes were also taking place beyond Bede’s immediate environment which had significant implications for the political landscape: new kings acceded in Mercia (Æthelbald)  and in Northumbria itself (Cenred); in both cases, the changes marked the end of long periods of dominance of the respective kingdoms by prominent royal families. Still further afield, in 716 the monastery of Iona finally accepted the method for calculating the date of Easter championed by Wearmouth-Jarrow following negotiations with a priest named  Ecgberht; this event resonated especially strongly with Bede.In Rome, the new pope Gregory II was establishing himself having acceded in May of the previous year. The organizers invite papers which explore any of these subjects, or others which further our understanding of this remarkable year.