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St Tatwine (oil painting, 30cm x 30cm, 360€).

Archbishop of Canterbury from 731. Probably from Mercia, England, he became a monk at Bredon, now in the county of Leicestershire, and was named Archbishop of Canterbury in succession to Brithwald, through the influence of King Ęthelbald. Respected by St. Bede, he was the author of several works, including a grammar and riddles.

Bede's commentary on Tatwine calls him a "vir religione et Prudentia insignis, sacris quoque literis nobiliter instructus" (a man notable for his prudence, devotion and learning). These qualities were displayed in the two surviving manuscripts of his riddles and four of his Ars Tatuini.

The Ars is one of only two surviving 8th-century Latin grammars from England and was based on the works of Priscian and Consentius. The riddles deal with such diverse topics as philosophy and charity: the five senses: the alphabet: a book and a pen.

The riddles are formed in acrostics. The grammar is a reworking of Donatus's Ars Minor with the addition of information drawn from other grammarians. It was not designed for a newcomer to the Latin language, but is designed for more advanced students. It covers the eight parts of speech through illustrations drawn from classical scholars, not directly but through other grammatical works. There are also some examples drawn from the Psalms. The work was completed before he became archbishop, and was used not only in England but also on the continent. A recent edition of his works is Tatuini Opera omnia, published in 1968 with some translations into English and German from the original Latin.

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