Saint Bede 

Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede as he is often known was born in 672 and began his monastic training at the age of seven in the newly founded Benedictine Monastery of St Peter's in Wearmouth. After completing his monastic training he moved to the monastery of St Paul in Jarrow where he died on 25 May 735AD.

The Venerable Bede’s bones have been in Durham since 1022. They were brought from Jarrow by a monk called Alfred who had them buried alongside Cuthbert’s relics, where they remained until they were moved to Durham Cathedral’s Galilee Chapel in the 14th century. 

Bede wrote over forty books on many topics including poetry, theology, astronomy, history, music and nature. His most famous work, 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' which he completed in 731 AD. It is the first work of history in which the AD system of dating is used. Yet amazingly St Bede probably never travelled further than Lindisfarne to the North and York to the south. 

We celebrate his feast day on May 25 which is the anniversary of the day he died.

You can find out more about St Bede on the Durham World Heritage website


 


E Waite, 08/05/2018

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