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The Venerable Bede

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The Venerable Bede by Sr. Benedicta Ward, SLG

From his remote Northumbrian monastery, Bede (673-735) exerted an enormous and enduring influence on the study of Scripture, history, mathematics, and Latin literature. This overview of his life and writings, first published in 1990, has now been revised in the light of the most recent scholarship. In it noted scholar Sister Benedicta Ward introduces Bede and analyzes his works and the traditions and events which gave form to his thought.

"Sister Benedicta's book present's Bede's knowledge and experience of these events with a poignant intimacy which both scholars and readers who have no previous knowledge of the period will find arresting and moving" - R. W. Southern

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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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