673–735

Near St. Peter and St. Paul monastery, Wearmouth-Jarrow, Eng­land.

735.

At the monastery of St. Paul at Jarrow in 735. In 1022, his bones were brought to Durham. Then, in 1370, his remains were moved to the Galilee Chapel. This shrine was destroyed during the Reformation in 1540, and Bede’s bones reinterred in a grave where the shrine had stood.

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Bede be­came a monk and was or­dained at age thirty. He de­vot­ed him­self to the stu­dy of Script­ure and to teach­ing and writ­ing.

He is con­sid­ered one of the most learned men of his time, and was a ma­jor in­flu­ence on Eng­lish li­ter­a­ture. He wrote com­ment­a­ries on the Pen­ta­teuch and var­i­ous oth­er books of the Bi­ble, the­o­lo­gi­cal and sci­en­ti­fic trea­tis­es, hi­stor­i­cal works, and bi­o­graphi­es.

His best known work is His­tor­ia Ec­cle­si­as­ti­ca, a his­to­ry of the Eng­lish church and peo­ple. He was a care­ful schol­ar and has been called the fa­ther of Eng­lish his­to­ry, the first to date ev­ents An­no Dom­i­ni (A.D.)

Called Ven­er­a­ble to ac­know­ledge his wis­dom and learn­ing, the ti­tle was for­mal­ized at the Coun­cil of Aach­en in 853.

  1. Hymn for Con­quer­ing Mar­tyrs Raise, The
  2. Hymnum ca­na­mus Do­mi­no
  3. Praecursor al­tus lu­mi­nis