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Bede

(c. 673—735) monk, historian, and theologian

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abecedarium

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Elementary teaching in Antiquity and the Middle Ages consisted in learning firstly to read the letters of the alphabet. Exceptionally when a child learned to read alone from a text ...

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Acca

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(d. 740), Benedictine monk, bishop of Hexham 709–32. As a young man he joined the household of Bosa, bishop of York; later he became the disciple of Wilfrid and was his constant companion...

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Ælfric

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(c.945–c.1015), Anglo-Saxon abbot, prose writer, and educator. His works, including sermons, saints' lives, and biblical translations, were intended to teach both monastic novices and...

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Ælle

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(d. c.514),

founder of the South Saxon kingdom, is said to have landed near Selsey Bill in 477, traditionally with three sons and three ships, driving the Britons back into...

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aetas Vergiliana, Horatiana, and Ovidiana

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Traube described the 8th and 9th centuries as aetas Vergiliana, the 10th and 11th as aetas Horatiana, and the 12th and 13th as aetas Ovidiana. While useful, the labels underrate ...

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Æthelbald

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(d. 757),

king of Mercia (716–57). The young Æthelbald was driven into exile in the reign of his second cousin Ceolred, but succeeded Ceolred as king. Writing in 731 Bede says that...

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Æthelbert

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(d. 616),

king of Kent (560–616), was the king who welcomed the Christian missionaries led by St Augustine to England in 597. He exercised overlordship over all the English peoples...

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Aethelfrith

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Son of Aethelric, became king of Bernicia in 593 and added the neighbouring kingdom of Deira. His first wife was Bebba; the second was Acha, daughter of Aelle, king of Deira, by whom he had...

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Alcuin

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(c. 735–804)

English scholar and theologian. In 782 was employed by Emperor Charlemagne as head of his palace school at Aachen, where his pupils included many of the outstanding...

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Aldhelm

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(c. 639–709)

was one of the most learned men of his time. Thought to be related to West Saxon kings and educated at Malmesbury under the Irish scholar Maildubh, he also studied...

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