ALCUIN ° (Albinus Flaccus ; c. 735–804), educator and tutor of Charlemagne from 781. Born in York, he was educated in a school where one of his teachers had been a student of Bede. Author of several books and educational manuals, Alcuin's exegetical works make frequent reference to commentaries on scripture by Jewish scholars; his knowledge of them derives from the works of *Jerome. He was present at a religious disputation between a Christian scholar and a Jew in Pavia, Italy, held between 750 and 760.
B. Blumenkranz, Auteurs chrùtiens… sur les juifs (1963), 144 ff.; Roth, Dark Ages, 113. add. bibliography: L.Wallach, Alcuin and Charlemagne (1959).
[Bernhard Blumenkranz /
Shimon Gibson (2nd ed.)]