I’m listening to the wonderful BBC Radio 4 podcast In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg:

From the BBC: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alcuin of York, c735-804 AD, who promoted education as a goal in itself, and had a fundamental role in the renaissance at Charlemagne’s court. He wrote poetry and many letters, hundreds of which survive and provide insight into his life and times. He was born in or near York and spent most of his life in Northumbria before accepting an invitation to Charlemagne’s court in Aachen. To this he brought Anglo-Saxon humanism, encouraging a broad liberal education for itself and the better to understand Christian doctrine. He left to be abbot at Marmoutier, Tours, where the monks were developing the Carolingian script that influenced the Roman typeface.

Read more on about the episode on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time.