1277 years ago The Venerable Bede dies. Arguably the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar, perhaps in all the early middle ages.
Entrusted into the care of Bishop Benedict Biscop at the age of 7. In about 692 when 19 years old, he was ordained a deacon by his diocesan bishop, John, who was bishop of Hexham. In his 30th year, about 702 he was ordained a priest, again by Bishop John. He continued to write and teach for the rest of his life, completing more than 40 books on subjects ranging from scripture, history and science.
He dies on the 26th may 735 and was buried at Jarrow, in the 11th century his remains were transferred to Durham Cathedral.
James Doyle Penrose, Bede on his deathbed completing his translation of St John’s Gospel to the young scribe Wilburt (Wilbur), 1902.
Bede’s tomb in Durham Cathedral