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In works such as these, Bede made a highly valuable contribution to scientific understanding.Other works in the manuscript are a Dialogue about times and seasons (spuriously attributed to Bede); two epistles about the reckoning of Easter by Dionysius Exiguus; an unknown author's treatise on the Paschal Question; Abbo, Abbot of Fleury's (c.945/950-1004) Ephemeris, or Common Reckoning and Opinion concerning the System of the Sphere; and Hyginus' Treatise on the Heavenly Sphere.These tables were designed to be used in calculating the date of Easter according to a 19 year lunar cycle, after which cycle the same Easter dates would occur.It was this way of calculating Easter which was chosen at the synod of Whitby in 664, rejecting the rival method of the Iona Church and thereby bringing the Northumbrian Church into line with the rest of Europe.
Amplifying his earlier work On Times, the book was intended to provide Bede's students with a theoretical outline to increase their understanding of computation and the calendar.
By the end of the sixteenth century, manuscripts at Durham were described by Robert Heffe as being abandoned to the bats and pigeons: antiquarians such as Sir Robert Cotton apparently helped themselves to these treasures.
Although originally part of William Hunter's collection, this manuscript was not actually bequeathed to Glasgow University along with his other books.
Born in about 673, Bede was placed under the care of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, at the age of seven.
A few years later he was sent to the foundation of Jarrow under Abbot Ceolfrid and there he remained, learning, teaching and writing for the rest of his life.