abbot and bishop. Probably of Spanish origin and a refugee from the Moors, in 711 Pirmin rebuilt the abbey of Dissentis (Switzerland) after it was destroyed by the Avars, but is best known as abbot of Reichenau, which he founded in 724, acquiring fifty books for its library. Later he was exiled to Alsace for political reasons and founded monasteries at Murbach and Amorbach. The Dicta Pirmini was a popular book of theology and ethics against superstition, which enjoyed wide circulation in Carolingian times: it is very likely his work. Feast: 3 November.
M. L. W. Laistner, Thought and Letters in Western Europe (1966), pp. 179–80; B.L.S., xi. 24.