The Venerable Bede (675 – 735), grew up in the Monastery of St. Peter and St.
Paul at Jarrow in Northumbria. Dedicated to a lifetime of writing, Bede wrote
many religious books, essays, hymns, etc. But his magnum opus was his
Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which was commissioned by the
Northumbrian king, and completed —in Latin— in 731. Alfred the Great had it
translated in Anglo-Saxon. The Venerable Bede died on May 25, 735, and was
canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1899. Bede's home at Jarrow was destroyed during
the Dissolution of the Monasteries, though some ruins and furniture are still