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(also Theodulphe). Born mid-eighth century in Spain; died 821 in Angers. Carolingian Renaissance figure.

A Visigoth by descent, Theodulf was an intimate of Charlemagne. He became bishop of Orleans and abbot of Fleury circa 781. Theodulf helped establish a network of schools and developed a teaching system. He was one of the missi dominici (royal commissioners), who regulated the affairs of the counts. After being accused of planning a conspiracy against Louis the Pious in 817, he was deposed and banished to a monastery.

Theodulf wrote many poetic works, including the narrative poem Versus contra judices (Against the Judges), which explicitly depicted the morals of the epoch and exposed the arbitrary rule of the counts and their lieutenants. Theodulf also wrote a number of theological treatises.

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(37) Theodulf of Orleans's Capitula connects the penitential fast of Lent with baptism; just as penance cleanses the soul of earlier misdeeds (thus rendering the individual fit to receive the Eucharist at Easter), baptism washes the soul--even the cannibal soul--free of the sins committed in the individual's prior life.
(30.) Alcuin's loss of stature is usually extrapolated from his bitter and unsuccessful struggle with Theodulf of Orleans over the fate of a runaway cleric who had claimed refuge in Tours (see Rob Meens, "Sanctuary, Penance, and Dispute Settlement under Charlemagne: The Conflict between Alcuin and Theodulf of Orleans over a Sinful Cleric," Speculum 82, 2007, 277-300).
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His thesis is that the extant examples of the Bibles of Theodulf, the Bibles from Tours, the Carolingian Gift Bibles, the Bibles of Charles the Bald, and the Codex Amiatinus, which he describes in rich detail, were preserved over time because they were never used as Bibles but were considered luxurious works of art.
Alcuin asks Charlemagne to send Felix of Urgel's most recent exposition of his doctrine to Pope Leo III, Paulinus of Aquileia, Ricbod of Trier, and Theodulf of Orleans.
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