- Nov 2008
Well, Bede was especially interested in Kentish affairs, particularly because that Anglo-Saxon kingdom was the first to convert to Christianity. His two foremost informants on Kent were Abbot Albinus and Nothelm, a priest. Bede, a very learned man, had access to an impressive library at the two sister monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow, and he also consulted the papal archives in Rome. Bede` depth of knowledge and intellect should not be underestimated. Indeed, it would not be hyperbolic to describe him as a polymath.Perhaps we should turn to the Bede, because the main story we learnt was his interpretation of Gildas (gravely mistaken on chronology) coupled with info from his Kentish contacts.