He later became known as the Venerable Bede after he was declared “venerable”, the first stage of canonization (sainthood) by the Roman Church about 100 years after his death (he was later canonized to “Saint” in 1899).Bede is often referred to as “The Father of English History”.What does the dating of history around the label “Common Era” imply but that the Western world, with which the Common Era is inextricably linked, is the one which can and should set the terms of history?

Even to someone like myself, a committed and practising Christian, this is problematic.

I do indeed believe he was the most important figure in history, but I certainly don’t want to impose that view on anyone else.

They want to make history less “Western” in its orientation.

Dating years by BC and AD implies that Jesus Christ is THE seminal figure in history.

In part 4, we look at the historical events that led to its acceptance by Christendom, the church-state relationship between the papacy and the Roman political leaders, and the development of alternative naming conventions to the system.

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Charlemagne (aka Charles I and Charles the Great) became the ruler of the Franks about 770AD.

During his early reign, he launched many military campaigns in an attempt to merge the Germanic and other European groups into a united Christian kingdom.

These operations met with such success that, by the time of his death, his domain included much of Western Europe and he was later considered by some to be the founder of Europe.