Congratulations to Richard Shaw (CMS 2014) on being awarded the 2014 Eusebius Essay Prize by the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. This prestigious award is given each year to the best essay submitted on a topic relating to early Christian history.
Richard Shaw’s prize-winning essay – to be published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History in Summer 2016 – is entitled, “When did Augustine of Canterbury die?” Through a dissection of the implications of the primary sources used by the Venerable Bede, Richard was able to deduce the precise date of St Augustine’s death: a piece of information lost for more than thirteen hundred years. In this exploration of the sources Richard was also able to throw light on the nature of the early mission church in England and its relationship with Rome, as well as on Bede’s own ways of working in producing the Ecclesiastical History.
Richard is a tenure-track Assistant Professor, as well as Chairman of the History Department, at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Barry’s Bay, Ontario, which is currently applying for full degree-granting status.