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Lupus Servatus, also Servatus Lupus, in French Loup (means 'wolf', as Lupus in Latin), was a Carolingian Benedictine abbot of Ferrières and noted theological author of the ninth century. Also see: France in the Middle Ages. ... A Benedictine is a person who follows the Rule of St Benedict. ... Ferrière, Ferrières or La Ferrière is the name or part of the name of several places: In Belgium Ferrières in Liége In France Communes in France: La Ferrière, in the Côtes-dArmor département La Ferrière, in the Indre-et-Loire...


Biography

He was born in the Diocese of Sens, about 805; died about 862. He assumed the surname of Servatus in commemoration of his miraculous escape from danger either in a serious illness or on the battlefield. He began his education at Ferrières-en-Gâtinais under Aldric and completed it at Fulda under Rabanus Maurus. During his residence at Fulda (c. 830-36) he became an intimate friend and disciple of the learned Einhard. Even before he returned to France he had become favourably known at court and was especially esteemed by the Empress Judith, the second wife of Louis the Pious. To her and her son Charles the Bald, whose political interests he always defended, he owed his nomination as Abbot of Ferrieres (22 November, 840). Fulda is a city in Hesse, Germany; it is located on the Fulda River and is the administrative seat of the Fulda district (Kreis). ... Rabanus Maurus (left) presents his work to Otgar of Mainz Rabanus Maurus Magnentius (c. ... Einhard as scribe Einhard (also Eginhard or Einhart) (born about 775 in the valley of the River Main, died March 14, 840, at Seligenstadt, Germany) was a Frankish historian and a dedicated servant of Charlemagne. ... Louis the Pious, contemporary depiction from 826 as a miles Christi (soldier of Christ), with a poem of Rabanus Maurus overlaid. ... Charles the Bald - Detail from a painting in the First Bible of Charles the Bald, painted ca. ...


Subsequently he took a prominent part in contemporary political and ecclesiastical events, even assuming active command on the battlefield several times. During the war between Charles the Bald and Pepin of Aquitaine he was captured and held prisoner for a short time (844). The same year he was sent to Burgundy to carry out the monastic reforms decreed by the Synod of Germigny (843), and attended the Council of Verneuil on the Oise, the Acts of which have been written by him. He was also present at several other councils, notably that of Soissons in 853, and played an important part in the contemporary controversy regarding predestination. He believed in a twofold predestination, not indeed in the sense that God predestined some men to damnation, but that he foreknew the sins of men and foreordained consequent punishment. The closing years of the life of Lupus were saddened by the threatened devastation of his monastery by the invading Normans. He occupies a prominent place in medieval literary history, being one of the most cultured and refined men of the ninth century. Pepin I (797-November 13 or December 13, 838) was King of Aquitaine. ... région of Bourgogne, see Bourgogne. ... Verneuil is the name or part of the name of several communes in France: Verneuil, in the Charente département Verneuil, in the Cher département Verneuil, in the Marne département Verneuil, in the Nièvre département Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, in the Allier département Verneuil-en-Halatte... Soissons is a town and commune in the Aisne département, Picardie, France, located on the Aisne River, about 60 miles northeast of Paris. ... Predestination and foreordination are religious concepts, under which the relationship between the beginning of things and the destiny of things is discussed. ...


Writings

His letters, of which 132 remain, are distinguished for literary elegance and valuable historical information.


As a hagiographer he has left us a "Life of St. Maximin", Bishop of Trier (d. 349) and a "Life of St. Wigbert", Abbot of Fritzlar in Hesse (d. 747). Hagiography is the study of saints. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fritzlar is a small German town (pop. ...


In the controversy on predestination he wrote his "De tribus quaestionibus", a work which treated of the threefold question of free will, predestination, and the universality of redemption. To illustrate the teaching of the Church on these topics he brought together pertinent passages from the Fathers in his "Collectaneum de tribus quaestionibus."


Source

This article incorporates text from the public-domain Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913. [1]

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