Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735.
Title: [Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. English]
Title: The historie of the Church of England / compiled by Venerable Bede Englisman ; translated out of Latin, into English, by Thomas Stapleton Doctor in Diuinitie.
Other title: A Fortresse of the faith first planted among us Englishmen, and continued hitherto in the universal Church of Christ.
At S. Omers : [Printed by Charles Boscard] For Iohn Heigham, 1626.
504 [i.e. 522], , 423  p. p.
Translation of Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum.
Bound with: Stapleton, Thomas. A fortresse of the faith first planted among us Englishmen, and continued hitherto in the universal Church of Christ : the faith of which time Protestants call, Papistry...
Acquired through the Antoinette and Warren R. Howell Fund.
Two very scarce titles printed for the recusant bookseller and book smuggler John Heigham of St. Omar. Heigham had been involved with the shadowy Catholic book trade in London at the close of the sixteenth-century and was apparently imprisoned more than once for his activities. He left England in 1603, settling first at Douai and later at St. Omer, where he commissioned numerous devotional works for an English Catholic audience on the continent and for smuggling into England.
The Bede is the second of Heigham’s editions (first 1622) while the Stapleton Fortresse of the Faith (based on materials from Bede) is the only edition printed by Heigham; the first edition (in Latin) had appeared at Antwerp in 1565.