Saturday, May 25 is the feast day of St. Bede, the Venerable, a Benedictine monk of the 8thcentury who is known as the Father of English History. In his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede offers not only stories of the early Christian kings but colorful descriptions of the English countryside:
The island [England] is rich in crops and in trees, and has good pasturage for cattle and beasts of burden. It also produces vines in certain districts, and has plenty of both land-and waterfowl of various kinds. It is remarkable too for its rivers, which abound in fish, particularly salmon and eels, and copious springs. Seals as well as dolphins are frequently captured and even whales…
St. Bede spent his entire life at the twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow. Today, one can visit this site and the Bede’s World Museum. See this short video and this article for more. Research carried out by archeologists from Newcastle and Durham Universities is uncovering new details about the monasteries; see Wearmouth and Jarrow: One Monastery in Two Places.Those interested in books about of St. Bede can refer to Oxford Bibliographies.
Posted: May 22, 2015