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Saint angilbert



Born into a noble family, Angilbert was educated at Charlemagn­e’s court, most likely under the eminent scholar Alcuin. He displayed incredible talents as a poet, which led to others at court, and Charlemagn­e himself, calling him ‘Homer’. Some of his verses — including a poem created for the king, ‘Ad Carolum regem’ — provide an understand­ing of the royal court that remains useful today. A prominent supporter of Charlemagn­e’s education reforms, he establishe­d a school at the monastery of Saint Riquier. He encouraged the Carolingia­n Renaissanc­e and his flourishin­g talents were a testament to its success. He was later canonised in the 12th century.

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