T h ere is no aspect o f Anglo-Saxon life m ore fully chronicled than that which concerns the C hurch, nor is there any aspect which does not in some m easure im pinge upon the life o f the C hurch or which does not come u n d er the direct surveillance o f the Church. Bede, careful historian as he was in his choice o f terms, found him self compelled to speak at length o f political, military and social happenings in o rd e r to construct his ‘Ecclesiastical History o f the English People’.