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Bede

(c. 673—735) monk, historian, and theologian


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(673–735,

historian and scholar, when young placed in the charge of Benedict Biscop, the abbot of Wearmouth. From there he went in 682 to Jarrow, where he spent most of his life. He was a diligent teacher and scholar of Latin and Greek. His Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum was finished in 731, by which time he had written nearly 40 works, mostly biblical commentaries. His early treatise De Natura Rerum, modelled on the Origines of Isidore of Seville, contains rudimentary natural science, referring phenomena to natural causes. His other influential work is the Lives of the Abbots, which gives an account of the earlier abbots in the Northumbrian Revival. See also Anglo‐Latin Literature.

Subjects: history — Christianity.


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