bda has the ordinary number of miracles to record in connection with the monastery.
He was, according to bda (see Bede), a herdsman, who received a divine call to poetry by means of a dream.
I have quoted the passage from bda about the satraps in Norman Conquest, i. 579.
bda's account of Cdmon's deathbed has often been quoted, and is of singular beauty.
From the death of bda the history of Northumbria became in fact little more than a wild story of lawlessness and bloodshed.
Almost all our writers from bda to the days of the Angevins are clergy or monks.