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Saint Bede the Venerable (673–735)

Bede or Bæda, called the Venerable Bede. An English ecclesiastic and historian; was born near Monkwearmouth, Durham, about 673; died in the monastery of Jarrow, May 26, 735. Left an orphan at the age of six, he was educated in the Benedictine Abbey at Monkwearmouth and entered the monastery of Jarrow, where he was ordained priest in his thirtieth year. His industry was enormous. Bede wrote in Latin, homilies, lives of saints, hymns, epigrams, works on grammar and chronology, and the great ‘Ecclesiastical History of England’ in five books, gleaned from native chronicles and oral tradition. This was translated from Latin into Anglo-Saxon by King Alfred.