673–735

Introduction

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

Died: 735.

Buried: 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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Biography

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.

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