Heavenfield, Hefenfeld, and Caelestis Campus

Not the cross at Heavenfield! A little while ago Tim Clarkson of Senchus brought an Andrew Breeze paper  about the history and derivation of the name Hefenfeld*, the Old English version of Heavenfield, to my attention. Its taken me a while to get to it but here is what I think. It is clear to... Continue Reading →

The first Life of Cuthbert

I was looking at the Anon. Life of Cuthbert the other day and I was surprised at how many differences there are from Bede's version. This version was also written under orders from Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne, who also commissioned Bede's version about a decade later. Eadfrith clearly knew the power of a Vita in... Continue Reading →

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