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1st record of the Wall; John Leland, 1540s
Topic Started: Jan 24 2010, 08:54 PM (359 Views)
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hmmmm
Didn't the Venerable Bede leave a fairly clear description of the Wall? Surely he would have seen it.
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The writers of late antiquity leave much to be desired as historians. I always feel as if they knew much more than they let on. Wouldn't a book of "Tales heard in the countryside" have been great stuff? If only to bring us a few more details to our legends.
But, no, the eccesiastical historians were less interested in this world, and more concerned with the doings of the Saints on earth and the World to come.
Bede is bad. Gildas, I could just slap him.
Also, in antiquity up until the late middle ages, it was considered good scholarship to just quote whatever source had written about it before. If Aristotle or Galen or Augustine of Hippo said it, well, you should just copy it over and add a little local color.
It seems so gullible to us later folks.
If Bede and Gildas were around today they would likely be sending a lot of money to Nigerian princes that contacted them by email.

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