Tom Rochester

Tom Rochester

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Bede and the Miraculous: Tradition, Innovation and Reform
Supervisor: Dr Simon Yarrow and Dr Peter Darby
PhD Medieval History


I’m conducting an AHRC-funded investigation of the Venerable Bede (673-735) and his understanding of the miraculous. This is a systematic exploration of Bede’s corpus and asks how his understanding of the miraculous influenced the reforming and political nature of his works. Did Bede’s “Ideal of Reform” influence the way he narrated miracle stories or explained them in his biblical exegesis? How did Bede relate the miraculous stories of scripture, and what precedents was he following? Finally, how does Bede compare with his contemporaries? Was his approach to scripture and the miraculous original, or was there a common method of exegesis that was employed in the eighth century monastic world?