Bede was born near St. Peter and St. Paul monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow, England. He was sent to the monastery at the age of three and was ordained at the age of thirty.
He spent most of his life in the monastery devoted to the study of scripture and to teaching and writing. He is considered one of the most learned men of his time and a major influence on English literature.
In 1899, St. Bede was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII; he is the only native of Great Britain to achieve this designation