Honours’ Prize to Samuel Cardwell

Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica, in a manuscript from the British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A XIV, f.112v. (Image from the British Library Website)

The CMRS extends warm congratulations to Samuel Cardwell, winner of this year’s J. D. Legge Prize for best overall Fourth-year level student in History. Samuel’s thesis offers a theologically-informed reading of the eighth-century Anglo-Saxon historian Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica. It argues that Bede represents his own people, the English, as a chosen people, patterned after the Israelites of the Old Testament. This biblical motif illuminates Bede’s representation of Britain as a promised land, of English kings as keepers of a covenant between God and the people, and of the role of the church in the life of the nation.