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Paul the Deacon
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(c. 720/725 – shortly before 800), Lombard historian, scholar, and poet. Born to a prominent family and educated at the court of the Lombard king, Paul did much of his writing at the courts of Pavia and Benevento. Sometime before 774 he became a monk; in 782 he traveled to France to petition Charlemagne to release his brother, who had participated in a rebellion against the Franks. Charlemagne granted his request, and in return Paul stayed some five years at his court, where besides occasional poems and epitaphs he wrote a history of the Carolingian family (Gesta episcoporum…

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Hartmann, Martina, “Paul the Deacon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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