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Angilbert, Saint

(ăng`gĭlbərt), d. 814, Frankish statesman and courtier under Charlemagne, abbot of Centula (now Saint-Riquier), near Amiens. He was highly regarded in the Carolingian revival as a writer of Latin poetry. Feast: Feb. 18.
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Susan Rabe's book on Angilbert and his liturgical and architectural scheme at the monastery of St-Riquier is to be welcomed as a contribution which stresses the variety of Carolingian religious and monastic culture, and which marries neatly with recent attempts to look at the limits of uniformity.
Angilbert was a figure of central importance in the court circle of Charlemagne.
The demonstration of important parallels between the Saxon poem and Aldhelm hardly negates Schaller's arguments in favour of Paulinus, and the presence of Aldhelm (and Virgil) manuscripts at St-Riquier do not necessarily make Angilbert the anonymous poet.
Of noble parentage, Angilbert was educated at the palace school at Aachen under Alcuin and was closely connected with the court and the imperial family.
Durand's method came into extensive use only after 1820 when Pierre Antoine Angilbert invented a tin container less subject to leakage, and which could be made more rapidly.