Scholar, ecclesiastic, teacher and poet of the eighth century, Alcuin can be seen as a true hidden saint of the Church, of the same stature and significance as his predecessor Bede. His love of God and his grasp of Christian theology were rendered original in their creative impact by his gifts as a teacher and poet. In his hands, the very traditional theology that he inherited, and to which he felt bound, took new wings. In that respect, he must rank as one of the most notable and influential of Anglo-Saxon Christians, uniting English and continental Christianity in a unique manner, which left a lasting legacy within the Catholic Church of Western Europe. This book 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).
Part One - Alcuin's formation & reputation 1. The legacy of Bede 2. Formation at York 3. Scholars at Charlemagne's court 4. Controversy over Images Part Two - Adoptionism 5. Spanish Adoptionism 6. The Frankish Reaction 7. Felix & Alcuin 8. Alcuin's De Fide Part Three - Mission, Episcopacy & Monarchy 9. Mission 10. Hagiography 11. Alcuin & the Bishops 12. King Dei Gratia Part Four - The Bible 13. The Tours scriptorium 14. Alcuin & the Old Testament 15. Alcuin & the New Testament Part Five - Prayer 16. Cultivating prayer 17. Penitence 18. Liturgy Part Six - Education 19. The Teacher 20. Cultivating the Mind 21. Theology for the laity Part Seven - Poetry 22. The poet & his friends 23. The poet at work 24. Theology of friendship
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