7 thoughts on “Bede’s Little Box of Pepper”

  1. I enjoy these posts because they always contain something I didnt know – like Bede’s box of pepper. And there is always something to stimulate further thought. Like the fact that a life of self-denial makes one value the occasional touch of luxury far more than if one had it all the time. Thank you again for these posts

  2. Always wonderful to see/remember that saints are human. God does not ask us to stop being human and become unfeeling robots. If an occasional indulgence of pepper (hardly the most scandalous indulgence!) made life more comfortable or reminded St Bede of the joy of a tasty meal then he has probably gone up in most people’s estimation. Far too often saints are portryed as other worldy (Not in a good way) and totaly unlike the rest of us mere humans. Surely a little comfort or tasty pleasure is not a bad thing – particularly for someone who has already given up so much in terms of comfort/pleasure.

    I will think of St Bede every time I reach for pepper in my kitchen – and hopefully offer up a prayer.

  3. The depressing sameness of the monastic diet. I can relate to that. My children have been known to say to me “Not the depressing sameness of your rice pudding.” Not being a cook of note, I took that criticism on the chin!

    I note Bede’s greatest work was his Latin Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum (Ecclesiastical History of the English People) which is the single most valuable source for early English history. Got to admire that. 🙂

    • I think Bede might have enjoyed rice pudding, had it been on offer. His diet would have featured a lot of beans . . . As to his greatest work, I think Bede would probably have thought of his De Templo as his most important, but comparatively few people read it nowadays.

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