Abbo Cernuus

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Abbo Cernuus ("the Crooked"), Abbo Parisiensis, or Abbo of Saint-Germain was a Neustrian Benedictine monk and poet of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. He was born about the middle of the ninth century.

Abbo was present at the Siege of Paris by the Vikings in 885–886. He was the only eyewitness who wrote a description of it, in Latin verse, with an account of subsequent events to 896, the so-called De bellis Parisiacæ urbis or Bella Parisiacæ Urbis (Wars of the City of Paris). Abbo also left some sermons for the instructions of clerics in Paris and Poitiers (Patrologia Latina, CXXII).

De bellis Parisiacae urbis

The Wars of the City of Paris was written in the 890s between c. 890 and then later that decade with an extension up to 896. The purpose of the work was both scholarly and hortative, warning future generations of the Viking menace. Its literary style (sometimes called the "hermeneutic style") is typical of its period and place, though it is studded with "obscure Grecisms."

A detailed and political work, it has been underused by historians of the late Carolingians. It may have been written at the bequest or insistence of Odo of France, who appears...
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