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The Venerable Bede, in his monastery at Jarrow, completes his history of the English church and people       
c. 800
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Beowulf, the first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons      
c. 950
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The material of the Eddas, taking shape in Iceland, derives from earlier sources in Norway, Britain and Burgundy      
Anselm includes in his Proslogion his famous 'ontological proof' of the existence of God        
c. 1300
Duns Scotus, known as the Subtle Doctor in medieval times, later provides humanists with the name Dunsman or dunce     
c. 1340
William of Ockham advocates paring down arguments to their essentials, an approach later known as Ockham's Razor