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Bede, Saint (672/673–735)

  1. Yolanda J. Gonzalez

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1301

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gonzalez, Y. J. 2011. Bede, Saint (672/673–735). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Little is known about the English saint, the Venerable Bede, as he left behind no personal account, nor did his contemporaries celebrate him by recording his biographical material. The information we do have comes from his influential work, Ecclesiastical History of the English People. There we learn that he spent nearly all his life in the Benedictine monasteries of St. Peter at Wearmouth and St. Paul at Jarrow. At 19, he was ordained as a deacon, and at 30, he became a priest. He devoted his life to teaching and studying a wide variety of subjects including Latin, Greek, the scriptures, Roman law, poetic arts, and mathematical computation. As a result, St. Bede was able to provide the Anglo-Saxon church, still in its infancy, with valuable materials.


  • Bede, Saint (672/673–735);
  • ecclesiastical history of the english people;
  • book one, Christianity among anglo-saxons;
  • book five, apocalyptic fears of two comets