Bede (died 735) was an English monk at Jarrow, Northumberland. He wrote many works on eretide, godlore and witcraft, but is bremely known for his book Church Eretide of the English Folk.


Almost all that is known of Bede's life comes from a little leaf that he wrote in his Eretide when he was 59. He says that he was given to the monkhouse at Wearmouth in his seventh year, became a deacon in his 19th, and a bedeman in his 30th, which he was for the whole of his life thereafter. It looks as though he fulfilled Eretide when he was 59, in about 731, which would set the year of his birth at 672/3. It is not known whether he was highborn. He was taught by the abbots Benedict Biscop and Coelfrid, and most likely went with the latter to Wearmouth's sister hall at Jarrow in 682. There he spent his life, mainly teaching and writing. There he also died on 26 May 735, and was buried, his body was later taken to Durham Church.

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