Much of our knowledge of the first three centuries of Christianity comes from the writings of Eusebius (c. 260-340), and much of our knowledge of the early centuries of Christianity in Britain comes from the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History. These two texts are combined, with other historical works, in this manuscript written at Finchale (near Durham) about 550 years after Bede's death. At the end of the Church History is a colophon, which states that the text was written by William du Stiphel (perhaps Stival?) of Brittany, for Utred, monk of Durham, and finished on 16 August 1381. He ends by noting that he wrote it at Finchale, which is about five miles north of, and a cell of, Durham. He repeats his name at the bottom of the page.