(672-735) Doctor of the Church. Historian, born Jarrow, England; died there. A disciple of Saint Benedict Biscop, he was ordained, 702, and remained at Jarrow for the rest of his life, studying and writing. He gained the reputation of being the most learned man of his day; his influence upon English and foreign scholarship was great. The title Venerable was given to him within two generations after his death. His works comprise all branches of knowledge, history, rhetoric, mathematics, music, astronomy, poetry, grammar, philosophy, hagiography, homiletics, and commentaries on Holy Writ. Feast, Roman Calendar, 27 May.