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The Age of Bede

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Catalog Code: 9780140447279

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This selection of writings from the sixth and seventh century AD provides a powerful insight into the early history of the Christian Church in England and Ireland. From Bede's Life of Cuthbert and Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow to the anonymous Voyage of St Brendan - a whimsical mixture of fact and fantasy that describes a quest for paradise on earth - these are vivid accounts of the profoundly spiritual and passionately heroic lives of Christian pioneers and saints. Both vital religious writings and a revealing insight into the reality of life at a formative time for the church, they describe an era of heroism and bitter conflict, and the rapid spread of the Christian faith.

Table of Contents -

Bede: Life of Cuthbet
Eddius Stephanus: Life of Wilfrid
Bede: Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow
The Anonymous History of Abbot Ceolfrith
The Voyage of St. Brendan
Further Reading
Map of the British Isles
Map of Western Europe

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St. Bede the Venerable

St. Bede the Venerable Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/25
Tridentine Calendar - 05/27

Patron Of: Lectors

Also known as

    * Venerable Bede
    * Father of English History


    * 25 May
    * formerly 27 May


    Born around the time England was finally completely Christianized. Raised from age seven in the abbey of Saints Peter and Paul at Wearmouth-Jarrow, and lived there the rest of his life. Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of the founder, Saint Benedict Biscop. Ordained in 702 by Saint John of Beverley. Teacher and author, he wrote about history, rhetoric, mathematics, music, astronomy, poetry, grammar, philosophy, hagiography, homiletics, and Bible commentary.

    He was known as the most learned man of his day, and his writings started the idea of dating this era from the incarnation of Christ. The central theme of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica is of the Church using the power of its spiritual, doctrinal, and cultural unity to stamp out violence and barbarism. Our knowledge of England before the 8th century is mainly the result of Bede’s writing. He was declared a Doctor of the Church on 13 November 1899 by Pope Leo XIII.


    * 672 at Wearmouth, England


    * 25 May 735 of natural causes


    * 1899 by Pope Leo XIII


    * lectors


    * Prayer to Saint Bede


    * monk writing at a desk
    * old monk dying amidst his community
    * old monk with a book and pen
    * old monk with a jug


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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