Learning the lesson of the Flood
in Water and fire
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The inherent tension between destruction and rebuilding, which the myth of the Flood presents, is reflected in a range of works written against the background of the varying fortunes of the English nation. The complexity of Bede's position, on preaching before the Flood, and the subtle differentiation he introduces to Noah's role, seems not to have caught the popular imagination. The question of the date of the coming of the fire, and its inclusion in the section comparing Niall and Noah, may also throw some light on Ecgred's comments about the interest in the Day of Judgment in Pehtred's book. It is difficult to know how faithful the St-Bertin annal is to its source, and there is little detail from the book of Pehtred, an English priest, preserved in either Ecgred's letter or the later homilies.

Water and fire

The myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England


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