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Bede (c. 673-735 CE) was an English monk, historian, and scholar who lived in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is at times referred to as the Venerable Bede or Bede the Venerable. He was a monk at the double monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow. Bede was a prolific writer and many of his works have survived to the present day. His work was extremely influential in the generations after his death. His most famous work, the Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (Ecclesiastical History of the English People), has been a vital source for the study of early English history for centuries. For this reason, he is remembered by some as the 'Father of English History.'

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  • c. 450 CE - c. 600 CE
    Anglo-Saxon settlement in Britain.
  • 597 CE
    Augustine Mission arrives in Kent.
  • 664 CE
    Synod of Whitby.
  • c. 673 CE - 735 CE
    Life of Bede the Venerable.
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