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First Among Abbots (Hardback)

The Career of Abbo of Fleury

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Religion

Imprint: Catholic University of America Press
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780813215105
Published: 31st December 2008
Casemate UK Academic


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Abbo of Fleury (c.945-1004) had an extraordinary, if disparate life, and made important contributions to many fields of medieval endeavour. He played a role at the forefront of politics for many years, becoming involved in the founding of the Capetian dynasty and becoming a close ally of Pope Gregory V. His work as a prelate, particularly at Fleury and earlier at York involved correcting many monastic and ecclesiastical abuses, prefiguring the eleventh century reform movement. He wrote a life of St Edmund the Martyr and also works on astronomy and mathematics. This, however, is the first modern attempt to write on his multi-faceted career as a whole, including analysis of his death at the hands of rioting monks at La Reole where he was attempting to reform the monastery.

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