The Carolingian renaissance was the rebirth of interest in the writings and concepts of the ancient world. It lasted from the beginning of Charlemagne’s reign (768-814 AD) to the reign of Louis the Pious (814-840 AD.)
Unlike other renaissance periods, where the ancient writings are improved upon and new discoveries and concepts are born, the thinkers of the Carolingian renaissance mostly just modified the culture, histories, and texts of the Roman empire and Greek civilization.
One new innovation that came out of this period was the development of Carolingian miniscule, which is a form of handwriting intended to make it easier to read the ancient texts instead of reading them in their original form, which was cumbersome and slow.
Charlemagne was really determined to foster education for everyone, even the clergy. He started a school in his own palace, so keen was he on the growth of the minds and the preservation of culture during this renaissance. One of the great teachers of this time, who taught at Charlemagne’s school, was Alcuin of York. He wrote poetry and didactic literature, and was regarded as a very wise man.
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