Alcuin (c. 735 - 804 AD)

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Anglo-Saxon heologian and educator, who inspired the Carolingian renaissance.

Born at York and educated at the cathedral school by a disciple of Bede, he became the religious and educational adviser to Charlemagne after meeting him in 781. He established important libraries and developed a method of teaching based on Boethius, St Augustine of Hippo, and the study of grammar. Among his pupils was Rabanus Maurus (c. 780-856). He compiled numerous educational manuals and was also a poet. Alcuin’s treatise against Felix of Urgel did much to defeat the heresy of adoptionism. His letters are important sources for the study of Carolingian society.

He died as head of the abbey of St. Martin of Tours, where he had one of his most famous schools.
 
 

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