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Alcuin of York was noted for:
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Quotation from Alcuin of York:
-- Letter to Charlemagne, 800 C.E.
About Alcuin of York:
In Aachen, Alcuin became the head of Charlemagne's Palace School, where Charlemagne's family, friends, friends' children, and even Charlemagne himself were all taught. Alcuin became a good friend of the king, and personally taught his two sons himself.
At the Palace School, Alcuin reorganized the curriculum, introducing methods of learning from England and raising the standards of scholarship. Under Alcuin's guidance, the Palace School became a vibrant center of learning and the exchange of knowledge.
Alcuin retired from the Palace School in 796, and was appointed by Charlemagne abbot of the Abbey of St. Martin at Tours. There he encouraged his monks to copy and preserve many manuscripts, and to use the new Carolingian Miniscule script, the precursor of the modern Roman lettering we use today. Alcuin had a strong influence on the development of the Christian Church in Europe; he revised the liturgy, introduced the Irish Northumbrian custom of singing the creed, reedited the Latin Vulgate, and wrote quite a few works on education and theology.
More Alcuin of York Resources:
Concise biography by John J O'Connor and Edmund F Robertson at the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Alcuin
Substantial biography by J. A. Burns.