Book of Saints – Alcuin


ALCUIN (ALBINUS) (Blessed) Abbot (May 19) (9th century) A native of York who has the reputation of having been the most learned man of his time. Well versed in Greek and Latin literature, he gave great impetus to the founding of schools, both in England, and later in France. A favourite of the Emperor Charlemagne (whose almoner he became), Alcuin used all his influence with that monarch to advance the kindred causes of Christianity and civilisation. He reformed the discipline of various monasteries and died Abbot of Saint Martin’s at Tours (A.D. 804). We have from his pen Commentaries on Holy Scripture to the correcting of the Latin text of which Alcuin gave much time and labour; likewise, volumes of letters and other works.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Alcuin”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2012. Web. 19 September 2020. <>