Alcun (Lat. Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus), an English scholar and churchman, born probably in York about 735, died May 19, 804. He was master of the school and keeper of the cathedral library at York, until at the invitation of Charlemagne he went to France in 780 and opened a school, probably at Aix-la-Chapelle, where his lessons were attended by the emperor and his court. This establishment is supposed to have been the germ of the university of Paris, and had an important influence upon the revival of learning in France. In 790 he received the abbey of St. Martin of Tours, and soon afterward opened a school there, which became widely celebrated. He was the confidant and adviser of the emperor, and one of the most learned men of the age, but so modest that he refused to accept any higher order in the church than that of deacon. The best edition of his writings, including theological treatises, epistles to Charlemagne, and miscellaneous letters, was published by Froben (2 vols. folio, Ratisbon, 1777).