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John the Old Saxonlocked

(fl. c. 885–904)
  • Michael Lapidge

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John the Old Saxon (fl.c. 885–904), scholar and abbot of Athelney, was invited to England by King Alfred and contributed to Alfred's revival of English learning. In his life of Alfred, the Welshman Asser reports that John 'was a man of most acute intelligence, immensely learned in all fields of literary endeavour, and extremely ingenious in many other forms of expression' (...

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P. H. Sawyer, , Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks (1968)