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Paul the Deacon



A 10th-century depiction of Paul the Deacon Born in Fruili and educated at the Lombard court, Paul fled to Benevento after Charlemagn­e invaded Northern Italy in 774. He became a member of the Palace school at Aachen in return for his brother Arichis’ freedom in 782 — Arichis had been taken prisoner after leading a revolt against the king in 776. Just like his contempora­ries Alcuin and Einhard, Paul wrote a number of influentia­l works, most notably his Alcuin (middle) was also a gifted poet

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