For what audience did the Venerable Bede write his Ecclesiastical History?

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The Venerable Bede was a Roman Catholic monk, writing in Latin, for a primarily ecclesiastical audience. In the period in which he wrote, Latin was the international scholarly language of Europe and Britain, functioning as a lingua franca, and the normal language of written communication among educated elites. The portion...

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The Venerable Bede was a Roman Catholic monk, writing in Latin, for a primarily ecclesiastical audience. In the period in which he wrote, Latin was the international scholarly language of Europe and Britain, functioning as a lingua franca, and the normal language of written communication among educated elites. The portion of people who were literate at all was very small, consisting mainly of churchmen (priests and monks) and some nobles. A book on the history of the church in England would be aimed primarily at future generations of English monks and priests interested in their own history and traditions.

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