159 – An Offa End

Lets start with Christmas Day 795. That’s the day Pope Hadrian died… so uh... Merry Christmas?

Hadrian was actually a pretty decent Pope… not Pope Francis level of awesome, though really who is? But he was still pretty good, and upon hearing of his death, Charlemagne commissioned Alcuin to write a poem that was carved into a black marble gravestone that said “I shed tears for the father. I, Charles, had these verses written for him. I weep for you father my heartfelt love. I unite the names with shining titles: Hadrian and Charles, I a king, you a father. You who pray here and read these humble verses, speak: God show mercy and take pity on these two.”

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  One Reply to “159 – An Offa End”

  1. April 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Apropos of _absolutely nothing_, and merely due to the coincidence in timing… the Avars have been in the news lately: Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s mother identifies as an ethnic Avar.

    I heard that yesterday and did a double-take, because I’m used to thinking of the Avars as an ancient people – and then here you mention them again. Freaky!

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