Paulinus of Aquileia

PAULINUS of Aquileia. b. before 740; d. 802. Nothing is known of Paulinus’ upbringing. The earliest surviving reference to him is in a charter issued by Charlemagne on 17 June 776, in which Paulinus was described as a master of the art of grammar. He was again hailed as a magister in a letter sent from England by Alcuin of York*, ca. 778-80. It is possible that he was a member of the itinerant Carolingian court from as early as 776; he certainly remained on friendly terms with Alcuin and acted as mentor to Angilbert. In 787 he was appointed Patriarch of Aquileia, taking up residence in the forum Iulii in Cividale del Friuli (Venetia). He remained closely aligned with Charlemagne, under...

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