I pride myself, blessed readers, on always honouring my forbears. And no greater forebear was there than the Venerable Bede (672-735), extraordinary scholar, theologian and historian, truly a multi-talented monk.
So please avail yourself of a brand new, fascinating Open Access article by Joanna Story and Richard Bailey, who examine the recently rediscovered cast of the skull of Bede. They re-evaluate (with great scholarly care) the evidence for the skull being that of Bede.
So if you want to find out if it is necessary to have a big head in order to be a giant intellect, this is most definitely for you: