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date: 15 September 2019

Regino of Prümlocked

  • Yves Chartier


(b ?Altrip, nr Ludwigshafen, c842; d Trier, 915). German monk, historian, canonist and music theorist. A 17th-century annalist of Prüm, Heinrich Brandanum, asserted that Regino was born of ‘very noble parents’; he gave no birthdate, but it may be deduced from the date of his abbacy. Regino probably entered the Benedictine abbey of Prüm as a youth, where he received instruction under Abbot Markward, one of the most learned men of his time. In 885 he became provost (custos) of the monastery; in 892 he was elected abbot, but was forced to resign seven years later under political pressure. Archbishop Radbod of Trier then appointed him Abbot of St Martin, where he wrote a Chronica of the years from the birth of Christ to 906, a handbook of canon law for bishops to use during annual diocesan visitations (De synodalibus causis) and a music treatise together with a tonary (...

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