His talent was one of gathering together fragments of myth, tales, and oral traditions, and weaving together a coherent history.
So popular was Bede's Ecclesiastical History that Alfred the Great had it translated in Anglo-Saxon.
He wrote extensively of astronomy and the calendar, including methods of calculating the Easter holy day.
The Pope took the crowning as an implied assertion of the Church’s supremacy over the secular and political realm.
Charlemagne however, interpreted the act as receiving authority over religious affairs.
Bede's home at Jarrow was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, though the ruins can be visited today.
Web Resources: Medieval Sourcebook: Bede - Text of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.