biographical name \ˈal-kwən\

Definition of ALCUIN

ca 732–804 Anglo-Saxon theol. & scholar


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 732, in or near York, Yorkshire, Eng.—died May 9, 804, Tours, France) Anglo-Latin poet, educator, and cleric. As head of Charlemagne's Palatine school, he introduced the traditions of Anglo-Saxon humanism into western Europe and was the foremost scholar of the revival of learning known as the Carolingian Renaissance. He also made important reforms in the Roman Catholic liturgy, prepared an important new edition of the Vulgate Bible, wrote a number of poems, and left more than 300 Latin letters, a valuable source for the history of his time. Although traditionally identified as the author of the Caroline books and as the creator of Carolingian miniscule, Alcuin is now recognized as having played a less important role in the creation of both. He was also an important political adviser and confidant of Charlemagne.


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