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The Venerable Bede

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

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: English

  • Lifetime: 673-735
  • Born: Bede was born in 673 near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
  • Occupation and Career: Priest, teacher, scholar and author
  • Died: The Venerable Bede died on 26 May 735 in Jarrow
  • Character of Venerable Bede: Pious, tenacious and diligent
  • Accomplishments and Achievements or why Venerable Bede was famous: Historian and scholar who was known as "the father of English history"

Venerable Bede
The story and biography of the Venerable Bede which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. The Venerable Bede lived from 673-735.

Short Biography of the Venerable Bede
The Venerable Bede is often referred to as "the father of English history". In his youth Bede was placed under the care of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, and of Ceolfrith, afterwards Abbot of Jarrow. Bede was ordained deacon in 692 and priest in 703, he spent most of his days at Jarrow, where his fame as a scholar and teacher of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew brought him many disciples and students. Here he died on 26 May 735 and was buried, but his bones were, towards the beginning of the 11th century, removed to Durham. The well-deserved title of "Venerable" usually prefixed to his name first appears in 836.  The Venerable Bede was the most learned Englishman of his age. His industry was marvellous, and its results remain embodied in about 40 books, of which about 25 are commentaries on books of Scripture. The others are lives of saints and martyrs, and his two great works are the Ecclesiastical History of England and the scientific treatise, De Natura Rerum. The Ecclesiastical History of England gives the fullest and best information we have as to the history of England down to the year 731, and the De Natura Rerum is an encyclopaedia of the sciences as then known. The Venerable Bede was canonized in 1899, recognised as Doctor of the Church, Rome by Pope Leo XIII.

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