The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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THE
LIFE OF BEDE

Of the name of Bede were three remarkable persons; the first,* a priest and monk of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, of whom our historian speaks with great respect in the thirty-seventh chapter of his book of the Life of Cuthbert, the bishop; another, a monk contemporary with Charles the Great; between these in time, and superior to either of them in character, was the great luminary of our nation, of whom we are going to write. Though some

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See the epitaph of the first Bede in Mabillon's Anal. Vet. iv. 521, ( Par.381), by which it appears that he died A.D. 681.
It is probably this third Bede whom the inhabitants of Genoa claim as their countryman, and whose tomb they show. See note ‡.
The different authorities for and against this argument have been recently collected by Gehle, and published in a tract entitled, Disputatio Historico-Theologica de Bedœ Venerabilis, Presbyteri Anglo-Saxonis, vita et scriptis, auctore Henrico Gehle, Theol. Doct. &c. Lugduni Batavorum, 8vo. 1838, pp. 114. We have extracted and appended as notes to the life of Bede whatever seemed likely to be of use to the reader. On the question whether Bede was born in England or not, Hector Boethius ( Scot. Hist. Par. 1574, lib. ix. p. 181) says, "Italy contends with Albion for the honour of having given birth to Bede. The Italians assert that he was born at Genoa, and there also died, and that as proof of this, his tomb is shown there at the present time but whatever may have been the place of his birth and death, it is

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