Monday, January 03, 2005

Alcuin: Educator of the Carolingian Renaissance

Alcuin (734-804) was the head of Charlemagne's cultural reinvigoration of the west. As lead educator and propogandist for the emperor, Alcuin encouraged literacy and learning in a time of relative stagnation. While not considered an original thinker himself, Alcuin is respected for his support of a broad education, i.e. the seven liberal arts. A staunch churchman, steeped in christian idealism, he would end his days as abbot of the abbey of St. Martin of Tours in France.

Map of Charlemagne's Empire

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