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I have read about Bede and his use of A.D. and popularized that convention. He was not the first to use that though and those that did use that dating system based it on the birth of Jesus per calculation made by Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little). The other system was far more cumbersome and were based on the reigns of kings or other leaders. For example Bede speaks of a letter written in 15 May 719A.D. and also mentions it in the other system. Since it was a papal letter he uses the system the pontiff of the time who was Pope Gregory II. The date was "Given on the Ides of May, in the third year of our must august Lord, Leo, by God crowned emperor, in the third of his consulship, in the second indiction."Leo is mentioned because he was the Byzantine emperor. We talk about Gregorian calendar and such. But it was Bede who really was largely responsible for popularizing the convention because he used it and was so widely distributed in his writings.