1. Saint Isidore of Seville, c. 560-636 CE, whom the French historian Montalembert (1810-1870) called the last scholar of the ancient world. He was the first Christian writer to attempt to summarize universal knowledge, in his Etymologiae, which is also known as Origines. Written in Latin, this was the most popular compendium in medieval libraries. Its popularity continued during the Renaissance, ten editions being published between 1470 and 1530. At present, in the early 21st century, an effort is afoot to make Isidore the patron saint of the Internet.

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