(Hraban Maur) was a ninth-century monk regarded for his scholarship (he
wrote an encyclopedia entitled "On the Universe"), his poetry (he is known
as the author of many hymns, including the Veni Creator Spiritus), for
his generosity toward the poor (he fed over 300 people a day during the
famines of 850 AD), and for his theological works (when Rabanus was the
archbishop of Mainz he argued against Gottschalk, a proponent of predestination
to damnation). He was also a forward-thinking biblical commentator, who
wrote one of the few commentaries on the book of Judges. His commentary
on Judges insisted on the equal place of women in the ministry of the Church.
Gustav Mahler interpreted one of Maurus's poems in his 8th Symphony.
The image to
your right inserts the humble figure of Rabanus in one of his visual poems
in praise of the holy cross.
Links to Rabanus sites:
A Latin transcription of Rabanus's
encyclopedia "On the Universe"
An image of a fifteen-century manuscript,
at the Vilnius University Library
The 1900 edition of the Catholic
Encyclopedia, entry on Rabanus: