Rabanus Maurus

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Rabanus Maurus


(Hrabanus Maurus). Born circa 780, in Mainz; died there Feb. 4, 856. German medieval writer, figure in the Carolingian renaissance. Pupil of Alcuin.

Rabanus Maurus was abbot of the monastery at Fulda from 822 to 842 and archbishop of Mainz from 847. He was an adviser to Louis I and his sons. His literary works were primarily compilations, including several textbooks for church schools. His De institutione clericorum is an interesting source on the history of education in the early Middle Ages.


De institutione clericorum libri tres. Edited by A. Knoepfler. Munich, 1901.
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