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lay abbot


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Alcuin (c. 735—804) abbot of St Martin's, Tours, and royal adviser

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*Carolingian rulers, responding to the increasing wealth and influence of monasteries, appointed lay political supporters as abbots. Though criticized, the practice continued in France and elsewhere until the 11th century. ...

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


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