The Venerable Bede
The Venerable Bede is widely known as the greatest of all Anglo Saxon scholars, born in 673AD He was a monk and was also a much revered English historian and scientist.
He was educated by Benedict Biscop who founded the monastery in Monkswearmouth in 674AD
|The ruins of Monkwearmouth Monastery.|
At the age of seven The Venerable Bede was put into a monastery where he learned Greek, Latin and Hebrew, he became one of the most learned men in England. It was of general opinion that he came from a Noble family who were anxious for him to have a good education.
|St Peter's Church,|
His most acclaimed work was 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People'. It tells the story of the conversion of the English people; it is the main source of information about English history, from the arrival of St Augustine in Kent until 737AD
The book begins a lot earlier with Julius Caesar's invasion in 55AD
It draws upon several other sources, each of which Bede acknowledges in footnotes, after briefly describing Christianity in Roman Britain.
Julius Caesar leading his troops in battle.
I It goes on to describe St.Augustine's mission, which brought Christianity to Anglo-Saxons.
|Map of Roman Britain.|
In subsequent years the history describes the attempts to convert the different kingdoms of Britain, including Mercia, Sussex and Northumbria. The Venerable Bede was famous in The Middle Ages for his works on the interpretation of scripture, the natural world and how to calculate the date of Easter.
|The Moon indicating the tides.|
|Proof that the World is round.|
He also calculated that the moon affected the tides and also that the world was round; This was quite an achievement at that time. 'Historia Ecclesiastic Gentis Anglorum', which was completed in 731 AD. It is the first work of history in which the AD system of dating was used.The word VENERABLE has several meanings, here are some that I feel apply to THE VENERABLE BEDE.. .reserved , esteemed, honoured, dignified, respected, worshipped..............VENERATED.
That's me done with the V letter, can't say it's one of my favourite letters. I'm never too happy to have a V when playing Scrabble, particularly when nearing the end of the game!
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