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By Douglas Dales

Douglas Dales presents a accomplished examine of the lifetime of some of the most underrated figures of the early medieval Western Church. Alcuin left in the back of him a different number of correspondence and different records which attest to his prominence as a statesman, theologian, poet, buddy, and instructor. during this, the 1st learn to completely research the total span of Alcuin's existence and the lasting impact of his activities, the writer deftly weaves jointly the first manuscript proof to checklist Alcuin's transition from a precocious schoolboy of noble lineage in York to his involvement with Charlemagne, Offa, and the papacy in Rome.

Alcuin was once a wakeful inheritor to the wealthy traditions of the English Church, and his ability as a poet of prayer, in addition to an educator, marks him out as a seminal impression upon his personal iteration and those who got here after him. This e-book examines his lifestyles and occupation in England and at the continent, and considers his legacy as a churchman and a number one political determine. whereas Dales areas Alcuin firmly inside his Christian cultural inheritance and old context, he additionally strains from the surviving facts the sophisticated and nuanced parts of Alcuin's character and relationships.

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