?–circa 1182

Introduction

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Abbey of St. Victor, 1655

Biography

Though Ad­am of St. Vic­tor was one of the most prom­in­ent and pro­lif­ic La­tin hymn­ists of the Mid­dle Age­s, lit­tle is known of him. Writ­ers near­est his time des­cribe him as Bri­to, pos­si­bly in­di­cat­ing a na­tive of Bri­tain or Brit­ta­ny.

All that is cer­tain is that around 1130, af­ter be­ing ed­u­cat­ed in Pa­ris, he be­came, at quite a young age, a monk in the Ab­bey of St. Victor, a well known school of the­o­lo­gy on the out­skirts of Pa­ris.

He spent the rest of his life there, dy­ing some time be­tween 1172 and 1192.

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