Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours AD 804
A scholar and a saint. For those of us approaching commencement or compiling summer reading lists, a gentle reminder that the perilous and prideful work of the academy, while dangerous, may in time and grace lend themselves to the imitation of our Lord.
He was a Benedictine scholar and counselor to Charlemagne, sometimes called Alcuin of York. He was ordained a deacon and became headmaster of the York cathedral school. Charlemagne invited Alcuin to become the minister of education for the Frankish court, where Alcuin also founded a school and tutored the emperor. He was known for his holiness and scholarly wisdom, writing theological and liturgical treatises, and for his contributions to the "Carolingian Renaissance..."