TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 804, the English me­dieval scholar Al­cuin of York died. As an ed­u­ca­tor, he made beauty, goodness and truth the hall­marks of Charle­magne’s Frank­ish em­pire. His great hunger for learn­ing re­vived the Au­gus­tinian tra­di­tion of Chris­tian clas­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion and helped to lay the foun­da­tions of Europe’s Chris­tian civ­i­liza­tion.

In 1649, fol­low­ing a civil war and the ex­e­cu­tion of King Charles I, Eng­land was de­clared a Com­mon­wealth un­der the lead­er­ship of Oliver Cromwell.

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