American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Bede Known as "the Venerable Bede.” 673?-735. Anglo-Saxon theologian and historian whose major work, Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation (731), written in Latin, remains an important source of ancient English history. He introduced the method of dating events from the birth of Christ.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of bead.
- n. In English mining, a peculiar kind of pickax.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To pray; also, to offer; to proffer.
- n. (Mining) A kind of pickax.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)
“There are many triads found in Bede's History (such as Aidan of Lindisfarne's 3 miracles worthy of remembrance) even if Anglo-Saxonists don't usually recognize them as such.”
“For you must remember that although we call Bede the Father of English”
“This boy we know as Bede, and when he was seven years old his friends gave him into the keeping of the Abbot of Wearmouth.”
“Bede is of opinion that Pilate scourged Jesus himself with his own hands, because it is said, He took him and scourged him, that it might be done favourably.”
“I recall Bede had a lot to say about this battle, which took place in his lifetime.”
“Your chalice,' he said, 'was inscribed with something called Bede's Death Song.”
“Bede, is framed into a regular story by Witikind, a Saxon monk of the tenth century, (see Cousin, Hist. de l’Empire d’Occident, tom.ii. p. 356.)”
“Peada, the son of Penda, king of Mercia, was appointed by his father king of the midland English; by which name Bede distinguishes the inhabitants of Leicestershire, and part of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire, from the rest of the Mercians.”
“If Bede tells us lies about St. Cuthbert, we will disbelieve his stories, but we will not call Bede a liar, even though he prefaces his life with a declaration that he has set down nothing but what he has ascertained on the clearest evidence.”
“We will call Bede a liar only if he put forward his picture of St. Cuthbert, as a picture of a life which he considered admirable and excellent, as one after which he was endeavouring to model his own, and which he held up as a pattern of imitation, when in his heart he did not consider it admirable at all, when he was making no effort at the austerities which he was lauding.”
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