At the age of seven, Bede’s parents brought him to the local monastery at Jarrow (near Durham in northeast England) for his education. He later wrote, “spending all the remaining time of my life . . . I wholly applied myself to the study of Scripture, and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, I always took delight in learning, teaching, and writing.” Bede was the greatest scholar of his time in the Western church. He consulted many documents, carefully evaluated their reliability, cited his sources, and left us with definitive histories of the church, commentaries, and biographies of monastic leaders of his day.