Alcuin: Achievement and Reputation (Education and Society in by Donald A. Bullough

By Donald A. Bullough

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

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Bibl. cod. 795, fols 5–19v, and were not at Salzburg until the 820s. Pertz, as his title indicates, credited Alcuin with the recording of the Easter courts simply because it began with the year 782 (in Carisiago): but he did not claim (as others subsequently have implied) that Alcuin brought with him the Insular archetype of the entire complex. ) by Canterbury ones, this is not on the face of it very likely; but compare below, Pt. II, ch. 2, and esp. pp. 288 n. 109 and 289 n. 113, with particular reference to the computus manuscripts Vatican Pal.

P. 234 n. ]. bullough/f2/1-124 8/27/03 9:17 AM Page 9      . 13 Although decisive proof is still lacking, the uncertainly-attributed Propositiones ad acuendos iuvenes is judged by its most recent editor to be not-impossibly Alcuin’s, and certainly from his circle. More recently, a musicologist has rehearsed the arguments for a possible identification between the short text inc. 14 A small number of manuscripts report ‘sayings’ of Alcuin (Alcuinus ait . )late-ninth century Bobbio glossary-collection and a Verona-area computus and astronomical collection of s.

190 (p. 44), with references to the essential literature. As a product of the late 830s (or later), it is notably both conservative and imitative in script, orthography and some aspects of punctuation (for the orthography, cf. below, pp. 107–109; for the implications for the history of the ‘Tours-text’, see Bonifatius Fischer, ‘Alkuin-Bibeln’ [1971], Lateinische Bibelhandschriften im Frühen Mittelalter, ‘Vetus Latina’. Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel, 2 (Freiburg, 1985), pp. 265, 285–7, cf.

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