(English Monk at the Monastery of St. Peter, Best Known for His Work 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People')
Born In: Jarrow, England
Saint Bede, or Venerable Bede as he was known as, was an English monk, scholar, author and a teacher who is known to be the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar. He was one of the few saints who enjoyed an honourable status even during his lifetime. Well versed, Bede wrote extensively, his works being categorized into grammatical and scientific works, scriptural commentary, and historical and biographical works. Though he penned more than 40 books in his lifetime, his best came with ‘Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum’. The book proffers to be the indispensible source to the history of the conversion to Christianity of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It was for this work that he gained the title of ‘The Father of English History’. What’s more, his linguistic skills helped him translate the early works in Latin and Greek, thus making them accessible to Anglo-Saxons and eventually contributing to English Christianity. Apart from being an author, teacher and writer, Bede was an accomplished singer as well as a reciter of poems. Furthermore, he popularized the method of dating events from the time of the incarnation, or Christ’s birth (AD) through his book, ‘Historia ecclesiastica’ and the two works on chronology.