Charlemagne (Charles the Great) the Hero of Two Nations

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) the Hero of Two Nations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...influence. Alcuin was the scion of a noble Northumbrian house which had already rendered good service to Francia in producing St. Willibrod, the apostle to the Frisians. The future schoolmaster of the Empire cherished the memory of his illustrious kinsman, and was at the pains to write his biography in Latin verse. He himself became known to the Frankish Court in early life. A man of wealth who had embraced the clerical profession chiefly to avoid the entanglements and distractions of Northumbrian politics, he had travelled more than once through Gaul and Lombardy in quest of books and teachers. On one of these occasions he appeared at the court of Charles. The date must have been somewhere between 767 and 780. He was charged with a message from the King or the Primate of Northumbria, and thus came in contact with the ruler of the Franks. The scholar and the conqueror parted with feelings of mutual esteem, but probably with no idea of the close connexion in which they were afterwards to live. In 781 they met again at Parma, and this time the King extorted a promise that Alcuin would obtain the permission of his superiors for a protracted visit to the Court of Aachen. We are left to infer that Alcuin's fame for learning was already established. This may well have been the case. He had received his education in the famous School of York from teachers who had sat at the feet of the Venerable Bede, and he had assimilated all the learning, patristic, classical, scientific, which, from Canterbury, Rome, and Iona, had found its way to that greatest of English seminaries. He fulfilled his promise in 782, and except for one short period SPECIMEN OF CAROLINGIAN BINDING. GOSPEL BOOK. IN THE LIBRARY OF THE CATHEDRAL AT NOYON. 800 Career of Alcuin 167 of more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641930
  • 9781236641939