"Alcuin has waited longer than his time for this succinct but comprehensive appreciation."
Dr Mark Edwards, in Church Times, 26 April 2013
"Dales' own familiarity with the history of Christianity in England is apparent throughout his book. ... The biography provides a good introduction to Alcuin's letters and poetry."
Nathan J. Ristuccia, in Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 20, No 3
"... this is a work that does Church History a valuable service in enabling a fuller appreciation of Alcuin."
Jonathan Hustler, in Theology, Vol 116, No 6
"The book is written by D. Dales in an easy, fun style, while being extremely informative and scientific. It will serve as an excellent incentive to more deep study of the political and intellectual history of the early mediaeval period and will be useful additional material for those studying the history of the Catholic Church."
Anastasia Palamarchuck, in Folia Petropolitana, Vol 2, Issue 1
"There is much in this book to be commended: it is a good synthesis of many of Alcuin's works (especially his letters and some of his theological works) and of some recent scholarship. General readers and undergraduate students will find this an accessible (and very readable) introduction to Alcuin's life."
Helen Foxhall Forbes, in The Catholic Historical Review, Vol 100, No 1
"This book is accessible to the general reader who is quite unfamiliar with this period of history but it also offers a sound guide for those studying and teaching early medieval history and theology. There are detailed notes and an extensive bibliography. ... Dales carefully steers readers through Alcuin's context, what he inherited from the past, his friendships, his multiple contributions, the challenges he met and his legacy."
John Sullivan, Liverpool Hope University, in Theological Book Review, Vol 25, No 1
"Douglas Dales' two books on Alcuin are well researched and well expressed, based on a wide range of scholarship, both historical and theological, and the books combine to provide important source material for scholars working on either Alcuin or his very powerful friend, Charlemagne. ... There are excellent sections in both books on Alcuin's early life and problems in England, and his enforced stay in Europe. His wide ranging literary works are well discussed, as are his relationship with Charlemagne and with his fellow courtiers, and the theological implications are well covered in great depth, and the final chapter on poetry is very interesting. ... the two books should serve to reinforce the important role played by Alcuin as a key theologian and significant politician at a very interesting period of European history."
John R.C. Martyn, University of Melbourne, in Journal of Religious History, Vol 38, No 1
"Alcuin's literary and poetic skill, his philosophy as a Christian educator, and the other departments of his work, ministry and relationships, are handled in a way that build up a three-dimensional picture not just of the man, but of the age as a whole. ... True to the man, and in explanation of his influence, the second volume ends with the theme 'Alcuin's Theology of Friendship'. These two volumes are indeed worth befriending."
Charles Miller, in Fairacres Chronicle, Vol 48, No 2