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Subject: RE: [DNA] Britannia and Bede.
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 18:01:24 -0400 (EDT)
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"Bede was monastery-educated and a priest and scholar of the Roman Church"

True, but I doubt if he was Romanized to the extent that he would fail to
emphsize the history of religion in Britain. EGT

>> I doubt it if one would believe that the common tongue (as
>> in mother tongue) was Latin when P Celtic and Q Celtic languages
>> dominated and survived once the Romans left. Latin since the
>> days of the empire was the language of the legal establishment. It
>> survived for the most part because these people were mostly
>> attached to the Roman Church which remained throughout most
> Anything that uses Bede's as a reference must bear in mind that Bede was
> monastery-educated and a priest and scholar of the Roman Church. Thus
> his perceptions on the culture and folkways of the British Isles were
> most decidedly skewed. HE would have heard quite a bit of Latin, since
> he associated largely with other Roman churchmen, and Latin was the
> language of the Church.
> Glen
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