The New Student's Reference Work/Alcuin
Alcuin (ăl' kwin), born in England about 735 A. D., and died in France in 804. He was educated in the cathedral school at York, England, and became head master of that school. He is, perhaps, best known for his labors in the celebrated palace school opened by King Charlemagne in France. Alcuin became the head of this school and, in addition to teaching, he had corrected copies made of classical manuscripts which had gradually become very inaccurate through careless copying. During his last years, Alcuin was abbot of the monastery of St. Martin in Tours, France.