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Eriugena, Ireland, and Francia

John J. O’Meara

in Eriugena

Published in print May 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266747
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266747.003.0001
Eriugena, Ireland, and Francia

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This chapter focuses on the early life of Eriugena. It first cites the uncertainty regarding his place and date of birth in Ireland, and the fact that the land left few demonstrable marks upon his copious writings. It then presents a brief background on Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne, who was born in 823 and ruled from 840 till his death in 877. When Eriugena finally emerges clearly into history in 851 or so he is already at the ‘palace’ school of Charles the Bald in the Laon region, probably as a teacher. There he was to remain, it would appear, for most of the rest of his life. It can be assumed that Eriugena’s business in the palace school was to teach. It was from being a teacher of the liberal arts that he became a controversialist, a translator, a philosopher, and an exegete.

Keywords: Johannes Scottus Eriugena; Charles the Bald; Ireland; France; palace school; liberal arts

Chapter.  6558 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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