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The Venerable Bede was born in 673 and spent most of his life in the monastery founded by Benedict Biscop at Jarrow, Co. Durham. He is known for his prolific writings and his energetic promotion of Christian learning. The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, written towards the end of his life, is a monumental work in Latin describing the history of the nation from the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions, through the legendary period of Arthur and the Battle of Mons Badonicus, into the era of the conversion to Christianity and the foundation of the Roman Church. At the time of his death in 735 Bede was working on a translation of the Gospels of St John.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied