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 Excerptum de gestis Romanorum pontificum

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Author(s): Dachowski, Elizabeth
Epitoma de pontificibus Romanis, Epitome de XCI Romanorum pontificum vitis Excerpts from the deeds of the Roman popes Abbo of Fleury Date: Before 1004, perhaps 996 Original Language: Latin Description The Excerptum de gestis Romanorum pontificum takes up 13 folios in its earliest manuscript (copied about 50 years after Abbo’s death). The work is an abridgment of a much older work, the Liber pontificalis, the first part of which was written no later than the 6th century; subsequent chapters were added during the lifetime of the pope in question. The original Liber pontificalis exists i…

Abbo of Fleury

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Author(s): Dachowski, Elizabeth
Abbo of Fleury, Abbo Floriacensis, Abbon de Fleury, Abbon de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Date of Birth: After about 934 and before about 954 Place of Birth: Orléanais, France Date of Death: 13 November 1004 Place of Death: La Réole, France Biography Abbo of Fleury was born to free but non-noble parents in the Orléanais, probably in the mid-940s. He is described as a puer at the time of his taking the monastic habit under Abbot Wulfaldus of Fleury, 948-63, and he became a priest shortly before 987, so most modern scholars put his birth in the 940s. He entered t…