The Age of Bede (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 1998
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Bede (c. 672 or 673 – May 25, 735), was a Benedictine monk at the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth, today part of Sunderland, and of its companion monastery, Saint Paul's, in modern Jarrow (see Wearmouth-Jarrow), both in the English county of Durham (now Tyne and Wear). He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title "The father of English history".
J.F. Webb is a priest of the Roman diocese of Wrexham, North Wales.
D.H. Farmer was Reader in History at Reading University until 1988. He is author and editor of several books on ecclesiastical and monastic history such as The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
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Although Bede is mainly studied as a historian now, in his time his works on grammar, chronology, and biblical studies were as important as his historical and hagiographical works.
Bede died on 26 May 735 and was buried at Jarrow. His remains were transferred to Durham Cathedral in the 11th century; his tomb was looted in 1541, but the contents were, probably, reinterred in the Galilee chapel at the cathedral.
A few facts about him.
He was aware that the earth was a sphere.
He knew that the moon influenced the cycle of the tides.
He wrote on calculating time and his exposition of the Great Cycle of 532 years was of fundamental value to the Church in the task of calculating the date of Easter.
He is the only Englishman mentioned in Dante's Paradise, Paradiso X.130.
One of his disciples was St Cuthbert, but that's another story.
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