Account of the Poet Caedmon

Account of the Poet Caedmon

Dates: 731

Photographs of an original manuscript by Beda Venerabilis. The item is an extract from Bede's "Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum" (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) which gives an account of the poet Caedmon. The account gives a list of the subjects treated by Caedmon, relates the story of his miraculous rise to fame, praises the poet's virtue and the power of his verse to promote virtue in others, and concludes with a description of his saintly death. The original manuscript resides at Oxford University.

  • Extent: 1 item
  • Creator: Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1564
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Account of the Poet Caedmon must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1564; Account of the Poet Caedmon; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1564, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Thelma deJong in 1979.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Thelma deJong; 1979.
Subject Terms
Caedmon; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; England--Church history--449-1066; England--Intellectual life--To 1066; Literature; Poets, English--Old English, ca. 450-1100
Genre / Form
Biography; Histories
Appraisal Information
Ethnic and minority history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.IV, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Account of the Poet Caedmon
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Patsy Shin Hernandez
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-09T04:09-0700
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Biographical History

Anglo-Saxon theologian, historian, and chronologist.

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