Scholar, ecclesiastic, teacher and poet of the eighth century, Alcuin was a person of deep Christian faith, tenacious in his loyalty to orthodox Catholic theology. He had a seminal influence upon his own generation and those that came after him. Although he remained a Northumbrian Christian at heart, the part of his life about which most is known was spent on the Continent. He never lost contact with his homeland; but his most significant and lasting work was evidently accomplished in Europe and his influence on the early medieval Western Church was an abiding one. This book examines his life and career in England and on the continent; it also considers his legacy as a churchman and a leading political figure. This volume prefigures a forthcoming work on Alcuin's intellectual legacy, 'Alcuin : A Study of his Theology' (due for release, April 2013). This rich study is intended for the general reader as well as for those studying, teaching or researching this period of early medieval history and theology in schools and universities.
Douglas Dales was educated at St Dunstan's College, London, and was a scholar of Christ Church, Oxford: he holds degrees in history and theology. He is a parish priest in eight parishes in the diocese of Oxford, and was Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Malborough College. He is married with three children and is the author of Dunstan (1988) and Light to the Isles (2010).
Introduction Part One - England Chapter 1 York Chapter 2 Emissary Chapter 3 Letters to England Chapter 4 Alcuin & Offa Part Two - Charlemagne Chapter 5 Charlemagne Chapter 6 Alcuin & Charlemagne Chapter 7 Statesman Chapter 8 Rome Chapter 9 Crisis & Coronation Part Three - Legacy Chapter 10 Abbot of Tours Chapter 11 Alcuin & Monasticism Chapter 12 Letters, friends & manuscripts Conclusion