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 He also had access to a life of Ceolfrith.  Among the c-texts, manuscript K includes only books IV and V, but C and O are complete. He never abbreviated the term like the modern AD.  The second book begins with the death of Gregory the Great in 604, and follows the further progress of Christianity in Kent and the first attempts to evangelise Northumbria. He knew rhetoric and often used figures of speech and rhetorical forms which cannot easily be reproduced in translation, depending as they often do on the connotations of the Latin words. Most of the volume covers the last third of that period, i.e. The Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, or An Ecclesiastical History of the English People is Bede's best-known work, completed in about 731. It was completed in about 731, and Bede implies that he was then in his fifty-ninth year, which would give a birth date in 672 or 673. Bede sets out not just to tell the story of the English, but to advance his views on politics and religion.  In about 692, in Bede's nineteenth year, Bede was ordained a deacon by his diocesan bishop, John, who was bishop of Hexham. His introduction imitates the work of Orosius, and his title is an echo of Eusebius's Historia Ecclesiastica.  There might have been minor orders ranking below a deacon; but there is no record of whether Bede held any of these offices. It is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history.  He is also the only Englishman in Dante's Paradise (Paradiso X.130), mentioned among theologians and doctors of the church in the same canto as Isidore of Seville and the Scot Richard of St. Victor. It is considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history. , The Historia was translated into Old English sometime between the end of the ninth century and about 930; although the surviving manuscripts are predominantly in the West Saxon dialect, it is clear that the original contained Anglian features and so was presumably by a scholar from or trained in Mercia. Bede does shed some light on monastic affairs; in particular, he comments in book V that many Northumbrians are laying aside their arms and entering monasteries "rather than study the arts of war. The first twenty-one chapters, covers the time-period before the mission of Augustine; compiled from earlier writers such as Orosius, Gildas, Prosper of Aquitaine, the letters of Pope Gregory I, and others, with the insertion of legends and traditions. Because of his innovations in computing the age of the world, he was accused of heresy at the table of Bishop Wilfrid, his chronology being contrary to accepted calculations. It is the most-widely copied Old English poem and appears in 45 manuscripts, but its attribution to Bede is not certain—not all manuscripts name Bede as the author, and the ones that do are of later origin than those that do not. Whiting, "The Life of the Venerable Bede", in Thompson, "Bede: His Life, Times and Writing", p. 4. They are thought to have both derived from an earlier manuscript, marked "c2" in the diagram, which does not survive.  The accusation occurred in front of the bishop of Hexham, Wilfrid, who was present at a feast when some drunken monks made the accusation. Both Benedict Biscop and Ceolfrith had acquired books from the Continent, and in Bede's day the monastery was a renowned centre of learning. , For calendric purposes, Bede made a new calculation of the age of the world since the creation, which he dated as 3952 BC. Colgrave gives the sources for this as Pierre Chifflet, who produced an edition of Bede in 1681; Colgrave comments that he himself has not seen this edition.  The fourth book begins with the consecration of Theodore as Archbishop of Canterbury, and recounts Wilfrid's efforts to bring Christianity to the kingdom of Sussex.  The ultimate similar (but rather different) predecessor of this Metonic 19-year lunar cycle is the one invented by Anatolius around AD 260. Bede painted a highly optimistic picture of the current situation in the Church, as opposed to the more pessimistic picture found in his private letters. PREFACE. He wrote homilies on the major Christian seasons such as Advent, Lent, or Easter, as well as on other subjects such as anniversaries of significant events.  These ended in disaster when Penda, the pagan king of Mercia, killed the newly Christian Edwin of Northumbria at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in about 632. , A Paris edition appeared in 1544, and in 1550 John de Grave produced an edition at Antwerp. , Bede sometimes included in his theological books an acknowledgement of the predecessors on whose works he drew. 1643/4: Anglo-Saxon version parallel with the Latin in Abraham Whelock's edition (editio princeps of the Anglo-Saxon); "Why Even Atheists Think Like Christians", Ecclesiastical History of the English People, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ecclesiastical_History_of_the_English_People&oldid=999945585, Articles with German-language sources (de), Articles with Chinese-language sources (zh), Articles with Russian-language sources (ru), Articles with French-language sources (fr), Articles with Japanese-language sources (ja), Articles with Czech-language sources (cs), Articles with Italian-language sources (it), Articles with Slovene-language sources (sl), Articles containing Old English (ca. B. Mynors. , Bede died on the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday, 26 May 735, on the floor of his cell, singing "Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit" and was buried at Jarrow.  His information about Mercia came from Lastingham, in Northumbria, and from Lindsey, a province on the borders of Northumbria and Mercia. Born on lands belonging to the twin monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow in present-day Tyne and Wear, Bede was sent to Monkwearmouth at the age of seven and later joined Abbot Ceolfrith at Jarrow, both of whom survived a plague that struck in 686, an outbreak that killed a majority of the population there. It was based on Donatus' De pedibus and Servius' De finalibus and used examples from Christian poets as well as Virgil.  It is possible that he suffered a speech impediment, but this depends on a phrase in the introduction to his verse life of Saint Cuthbert.  It was for his theological writings that he earned the title of Doctor Anglorum and why he was declared a saint. Bede (/ ˈ b iː d /; Old English: Bǣda, Bēda; 672/3 – 26 May 735), also known as Saint Bede, The Venerable Bede, and Bede the Venerable (Latin: Bēda Venerābilis), was an English Benedictine monk at the monastery of St. Peter and its companion monastery of St. Paul in the Kingdom of Northumbria of the Angles (contemporarily Monkwearmouth–Jarrow Abbey in Tyne and Wear, England). I, Bede, servant of Christ and priest, send greeting to the well beloved king Ceolwulf. , Subsequently, the most notable edition was that of Charles Plummer, whose 1896 Venerabilis Bedae Opera Historica, with a full commentary, has been a foundation-stone for all subsequent scholarship. However, by the reckoning of Bede's time, passage from the old day to the new occurred at sunset, not midnight, and Cuthbert is clear that he died after sunset. 237–262. Starting with the invasion of Julius Caesar in the fifth century, Bede recorded the history of the English up to his own day in 731 A.D. A scholarly monk working in the north-east of England, Bede wrote the five books of his history in Latin. V. Latin Writings in England to the Time of Alfred. , In 733, Bede travelled to York to visit Ecgbert, who was then bishop of York. O is a later text than C but is independent of it and so the two are a valuable check on correctness. Frank Stenton describes this omission as "a scholar's dislike of the indefinite"; traditional material that could not be dated or used for Bede's didactic purposes had no interest for him. , Another view, taken by historian D. H. Farmer, is that the theme of the work is "the progression from diversity to unity". Bonner, Gerald. It is believed to have been completed in 731 when Bede was approximately 59 years old. " Another passage, in the Commentary on Luke, also mentions a wife in the first person: "Formerly I possessed a wife in the lustful passion of desire and now I possess her in honourable sanctification and true love of Christ.  Bede does not say whether it was already intended at that point that he would be a monk. , Bede's stylistic models included some of the same authors from whom he drew the material for the earlier parts of his history.  The preface makes it clear that Ceolwulf had requested the earlier copy, and Bede had asked for Ceolwulf's approval; this correspondence with the king indicates that Bede's monastery had connections among the Northumbrian nobility. Dorothy Whitelock, "Bede and his Teachers and Friends", in Bonner. According to Cuthbert, Bede fell ill, "with frequent attacks of breathlessness but almost without pain", before Easter. , The m-text depends largely on manuscripts M and L, which are very early copies, made not long after Bede's death. Two reprints of this edition appeared, in 1566 and 1601. , The monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow had an excellent library.  Only the existence of other sources such as the Life of Wilfrid make it clear what Bede discreetly avoids saying. , Bede is described by Michael Lapidge as "without question the most accomplished Latinist produced in these islands in the Anglo-Saxon period".  On the other hand, the inclusion of the Old English text of the poem in Cuthbert's Latin letter, the observation that Bede "was learned in our song," and the fact that Bede composed a Latin poem on the same subject all point to the possibility of his having written it. CSEL Corpus Scriptorum et Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (Wien, 1866-) 12 DOE Dictionary of Old English: A-G, Dictionary of Old English Pro-ject, University of Toronto. Some of Bede's homilies were collected by Paul the Deacon, and they were used in that form in the Monastic Office. Once informed of the accusations of these "lewd rustics," Bede refuted them in his Letter to Plegwin.  Jarrow Hall – Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum (previously known as Bede's World), is a museum that celebrates the history of Bede and other parts of English heritage, on the site where he lived. His scholarship and importance to Catholicism were recognised in 1899 when he was declared a Doctor of the Church. Alcuin, who was taught at the school set up in York by Bede's pupil Ecgbert, praised Bede as an example for monks to follow and was instrumental in disseminating Bede's works to all of Alcuin's friends.  Bede also mentions an Abbot Esi as a source for the affairs of the East Anglian church, and Bishop Cynibert for information about Lindsey. He also helped popularize the practice of dating forward from the birth of Christ (Anno Domini – in the year of our Lord), a practice which eventually became commonplace in medieval Europe. 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