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Death of Saint Bede the Venerable

Venerable Bede
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Bede (Saint Bede, Venerable Bede) dies in Northumbria.

A monk, a theologian, and a historian, Bede not only contributed significantly to the development of early Christianity, but also to historians' knowledge of his era. Bede is also the only native of Great Britain to ever be named a Doctor of the Church (Pope Leo XIII).

Bede wrote all of his life, completing over 60 books on different subjects, and most of them survive into the modern era. His best known is Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, or An Ecclesiastical History of the English People. This is also the source of most people's knowledge of Bede and his own life.

What is not so well known is that the modern use of anno domini as a dating method is due largely to Bede. It had been invented by Dionysius Exiguus, but Bede used it in his book on chronology, De Temporum Ratione, and this popularized it.

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