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Short Biography about the life of Caedmon
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Caedmon a famous Medieval character of historical importance who lived during the Middle Ages:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: English

  • Lifetime: 657680
  • Born: Caedmon was born 657
  • Occupation and Career: English monk and poet
  • Died: Caedmon died in 680
  • Character of Caedmon: Determined, tenacious and ambitious
  • Accomplishments and Achievements or why Caedmon was famous: the earliest English poet whose name is known

The story and biography of Caedmon which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. Caedmon lived from 657680.

Short Biography of Caedmon
Caedmon was the first English poet of whom we have any knowledge. Originally employed as cowherd at the Abbey of Whitby, he became a singer when somewhat advanced in life. The story of how the gift of song came to him is given by the Venerable Bede, how having fallen asleep in the stable he dreamed that one came to him desiring a song, and on his asking "What shall I sing?" replied "Sing to me of the beginning of created things." Caedmone began to sing and, on awaking, remembered his song and added to it. Thereafter he told what had befallen him to the bailiff who was over him, who repeated the tale to the Abbess Hilda. She having called together certain learned and pious persons, Caedmon was brought before them, told his story, and recited his verses. A part of Scripture was read to him, which he was asked to turn into verse; and this being done he was received into the Abbey where, for the rest of his life, he lived as a monk, and continued to make his holy songs. Much that was formerly attributed to Caedmon is now held to be of later date. All that is known to be his is a Northumbrian version of Bede's Latin paraphrases of Caedmon's first song: although by some the authorship of "The Dream of the Holy Rood," and of a fragment on "The Temptation and Fall of Man" is claimed for him. Caedmon died at the abbey in 680.

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