John the Italian

John The Italian (Johannes Italus) (1). a monk of the 10th century. He was at first canon at Rome, but his acquaintance with Odon, abbot of Clugny, led him to France, and he entered a convent there. Some say that he afterwards returned to Italy, and became prior of a Roman convent, while others say that he became abbot of some French Cistercian convent, and that he died in France after 945. Our information regarding his personal history is derived only from his biography in the Life of St. Odon (in Mabillon, Acta Sanct. 7, 152). He published extracts of St. Gregory's Moralia. See Hist. Litt. de la France, 6, 265; Ceillier, Hist. des Auteurs Sacres, 12, 825.

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