Dating barrow upon humber
This may indicate a family of mixed cultural and/or ethnic background, with roots in the original Celtic population of the region.
The only major fact that Bede gives about Chad's early life is that he was a student of Aidan at the Celtic monastery at Lindisfarne.
Bede places Egbert, and therefore Chad, among an influx of English scholars who arrived in Ireland while Finan and Colmán were bishops at Lindisfarne.
This means that Egbert and Chad must have gone to Ireland later than the death of Aidan, in 651.
7th-century rulers tried to build larger and more unified realms within defensible boundaries and to legitimise their power, under the prevailing culture.
The Benedictine rule was slowly spreading across Western Europe, with encouragement from Rome.Bede gives a long account of how Egbert fell dangerously ill in Ireland in 664 and vowed to follow a lifelong pattern of great austerity so that he might live to make amends for the follies of his youth.His only remaining friend at this point was called Ethelhun, who died in the plague. In fact, it is in 664 that he suddenly appears in Northumbria, to take over from his brother Cedd, also stricken by the plague.Bede says that the Irish monks gladly taught them and fed them, and even let them use their valuable books, without charge.Since books were all produced by hand, with painstaking attention to detail, this was astonishingly generous.