Michael I. Allen

Biography and Interests: 

Michael I. Allen

Title: Associate Professor of Classics and the College, and Associate in History
Education: Ph.D. University of Toronto
Office: Working Office, JRL S249 (not for mail)
Areas of Specialization: Carolingian literary culture, Latin Palaeography, textual transmission and reception, Tironian Notes (Early Latin Shorthand), Libraries and Learning in Early Medieval France and Germany

I am currently studying the writings, library, and circle of Lupus of Ferrières. A selection of ca.130 documents survives in an original manuscript (Paris, BnF, lat. 2858) compiled from Lupus’s archives shortly after his death (after June 862). The letters are a key source for the history of books, libraries, and the movement of scholars and learning in the ninth century. We can tell a great deal about Lupus and his activities. He was, for instance, a key vector in the transmission of Cicero’s works. I am finishing a fresh edition, commentary, and translation (for CCCM) of Lupus’s letters and related documents, where I relate the letters to events, recovered persons, and extant manuscripts or indirect evidence of them. I am also beginning a new project with Prof. C. Veyrard-Cosme (Paris) to re-edit the letters of Einhard (d. 840) from the seriously damaged mid-ninth-century manuscript that preserves the bulk of them (Paris, BnF, lat. 11379). As with the Lupus manuscript, I use new imaging techniques that allow for the better and fuller recovery of Einhard’s words and meanings.

For Lupus’s letter-book in facsimile: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10318625w
For Einhard’s: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b6001308b

Recent Publications: 

Full List of Publications


  • Frechulfi Lexouiensis episcopi Opera omnia. Ed. Michael I. Allen. 2 vols. (1. Prolegomena – Indices; 2. Textus). Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaeualis 169, 169A. Turnhout: Brepols, 2002.
   Edited Volume
  • Eriugena and Creation.  Ed. W. Otten and M. I. Allen.  Turnhout: Brepols, (in press, 2014).
  • Pierre Riché. The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.


  • with Christophe Maneuvrier, “Que sait-on, à travers les sources écrites, de la cité de Lisieux durant le haut Moyen Âge (VIe-IXe siècles)?” for the excavation report, La fouille de la nécropole Michelet (IVe-IXe) (Caen/Turnhout, in press).
  • “The letter as mirror and prism: Lupus of Ferrières and Einhard. [With a new critical edition of Einhard’s De adoranda cruce],” for La Lettre-Miroir dans l’Occident latin et vernaculaire du Ve au XVe siècle, ed. C. Veyrard Cosme, D. Demartini, and S. Shimahara (Paris: Études Augustiniennes, in press).
  • “Writing to Bishops in the Letter-Book of Lupus of Ferrières,” Epistola I, ed. T. Deswarte, Colloques de la Casa de Velázquez (Madrid, in press).
  • “Zeichen der Vernetzung: Klassiker als Kreuzpunkte der vernetzten Gelehrsamkeit.” In Handschriften und Papyri: Wege des Wissens. Exhibition catalogue, edited by D. Mairhofer, B. Palme, and D. Shanzer, 51-60, and 126 (no. 31), 132–34 (no. 37). Vienna, 2017.
  • “Pilgrims on earth: Some rethinking of the Itinerarium Einsidlense (Codex Einsidlensis 326),” Gedenkschrift für Jochen Bepler, ed. C. Heitzmann and G. Lutz (Regensburg, 2016) [= Jahrbuch für kirchliches Buch- und Bibliothekswesen, NF 3 (2015)], pp. 43-53.
  • with Florian Mittenhuber, “Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 366,” for e-codices (23 June 2016): http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/bbb/0366.


  • H. Eisenhut, Die Glossen Ekkeharts IV. von St. Gallen im Codex Sangallensis 621 (= Monasterium Sancti Galli, Bd. 4), St. Gallen: Verlag am Klosterhof 2009. In Journal of Medieval Latin 23 (2013): 346–53.


  • Accelerated Introductory Latin
  • Roman Historiography
  • European Civilization
  • Medieval Latin
  • Study Abroad Program in Vienna
  • Roman Oratory
  • Greek Thought and Literature
  • Latin Paleography