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By Donald A. Bullough

During this significant highbrow biography of Alcuin (d. 804), the main well-liked Anglo-Saxon student on the courtroom of Charlemagne, Donald Bullough, deploys a lifetime's services within the learn of early medieval manuscripts. focusing on Alcuin's early years in Northumbria after which his time on the Carolingian court docket, Bullough reassesses the chronology of Alcuin's profession and writings, assesses his use of patristic and insular writings, and explores the modern value of his huge output.

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I. principis et abbatis ad Sanctum Emmeramum Ratisbonae, 4 pts in 2 vols (Regensburg, 1777). This had been preceded by Forster’s thirty-page quarto Conspectus omnium, quae hucusque inveniri potuerunt, operum beati Flacci Alcuini quorum novum editio paratur (Regensburg, 1760). The printing of the Opera omnia extended over several years, newly-discovered material being incorporated in the process. A. Endres, Frobenius Forster, Fürstabt v. St. Emmeram in Regensburg (Strassburger theologische Studien, 4: Freiburg i.

Was the more unexpected to someone whose historical interests, although undoubtedly orthodox, had only intermittently embraced ‘his own country’. 2 Much of the content of the lectures as originally delivered was little more than a gloss on parts of theirs, although like some other ‘continuous glosses’ it has subsequently expanded far beyond the basic text. If I differ from those earlier Ford Lecture-series in any significant measure, it is in focussing on a single figure—for the first time among medievalists, I think, since Sir Maurice Powicke’s Stephen Langton: an equally awesome precedent3—in an effort to define more precisely Alcuin’s 1 Ep.

St. Emmeram in Regensburg (Strassburger theologische Studien, 4: Freiburg i. Breisgau, 1900); Neue Deutsche Biographie 5 (Berlin, 1961), 302–3 [L. Hammermeyer]; B. Bischoff, Salzburger Formelbücher u. Briefe aus Tassilonischer u. Karolingischer Zeit (SB. Bayerische Akad. -Hist. , Jahrg. 1973 Heft 4; Munich, 1973), esp. pp. 3–8. 18 bullough/f2/1-124 8/27/03 9:17 AM Page 12 12      . 22 The Modern Reputation and the Contemporary Record At the end of the nineteenth century the great Ludwig Traube, who understood Latin philology as embracing all aspects of the transmission of texts from one generation to another, more than once declared that Alcuin ‘became and long remained the intellectual leader of Europe’; and many later scholars have echoed his words.

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