Bede (673/674–735) (Old English Bēda, from Latin Beda) was a monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth (now part of Sunderland, England) and of its companion monastery, Saint Paul's, in modern Jarrow, both in the Kingdom of Northumbria. Bede is best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum) and Greater Chronicle (Chronica Maiora), but was also author of many other works. It was Bede who popularized the Anno Domini system of dating originally proposed by Dionysius Exiguus.

Neither the Ecclestiastical History or the Greater Chronicle so much as mention Arthur, but they contain traditions current in Bede’s own day about the first coming of the Saxons to England, being the first surviving source to relate the story of Hengist.

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