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Hwaetbert

(716—747)


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(716–747),

abbot of Wearmouth and Jarrow. Like Bede, Hwaetbert had been offered to the monastery in childhood and educated there in ecclesiastical and monastic learning. He had been ordained priest before he was unanimously chosen as abbot and confirmed by Acca. Letters to him from Pope Gregory II and from Boniface survive, the latter being a request for the works of Bede and for a bell, accompanied by a gift of a goat's hair bed-covering. A letter of Hwaetbert to Gregory commending his predecessor Ceolfrith also survives: earlier he had visited Rome, presumably with Ceolfrith or Benedict Biscop. To Hwaetbert were dedicated Bede's commentary on the Apocalypse and his De Temporum ratione, concerned with chronology. He was called ‘Eusebius’ because of his holiness. No record of a feast-day or of a liturgical cult seems to have survived.

C. Plummer, Baedac Opera Historica, i. 364–404 for the Lives of the abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow by Bede and the anonymous writer; the latter work is also translated in E.H.D., i. 697–708. Letter from Boniface to Hwaetbert in M. Tangl, no. 76 and E.H.D., i. 759.

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