Walafrid Strabo

c.808-849. Theologian and monk, named from Latin strabus, “squint-eyed.” Trained at Reichenau, he studied under Rabanus Maurus* at Fulda and there befriended the famous Gottschalk.* Chaplain of the empress Judith after 829, he was named abbot of Reichenau in 838, but was unable to divorce himself from the political struggles between Charles the Bald and Charlemagne's successors. His scientific and theological writings showed him to be one of the second- generation scholars of the Carolingian Renaissance.* Cultural historians owe him a debt for studies of the day's liturgical and religious customs.