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Alcuinus, Flaccus Albinus (c.735–804)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0023

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Alcuinus, Flaccus Albinus (c.735–804). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


English-speaking historians call him Alcuin. He was born of nobility in or near York, England, in about 735 and died in 804. He was a teacher, scholar, and poet of the church in York, and given that his father had founded and operated a monastery, he grew up as child of the church. In about 667, he became head of the cathedral school in York, a center of renowned learning, which excelled in religious education and the liberal arts. He believed that pagans should be converted to Christianity by love and persuasion, rather than by coercive means.


  • Alcuinus, Flaccus Albinus (c.735–804);
  • teacher, scholar, poet of the church in York;
  • educational expertise, attracting Charlemagne;
  • Compendia (Rhetoric and Virtue);
  • revising the Vulgate Bible;
  • competent theologian;
  • filioque clause, in Nicene Creed;
  • the Trinity, De fide sanctae et individuae Trinitas