Tom Rochester

 

Doctoral researcher

Department of History

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About

PhD title: Bede and the Miraculous: Tradition, Innovation and Reform
Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Brooks
PhD Medieval History

Research

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?

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