Alberic of Monte Cassino

Alberic of Monte Cassino was a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, who died in 1088. He was a cardinal from 1057.

He was (perhaps) a native of Trier, and became a Benedictine. He successfully opposed the teachings of Berengarius, which were considered heretical by the Pope, defending the measures of Gregory VII during the Investiture Controversy.

He is the author of numerous works in theology, hagiography, grammar, rhetoric and music; and is the author of the earliest medieval treatise on ars dictaminis, or letter-writing (De dictamine). Many of his letters are found in the works of St. Peter Damian.[1]

One of his pupils, John of Gaeta, was the future Pope Gelasius II.[2]


  1. ^ Patrologia Latina, CXLV, 621-634.
  2. ^ I. S. Robinson, The Papacy 1073-1198 (1990), p. 214.

External linksEdit

  • Miranda, Salvador. "ALBERICO, seniore, O.S.B.Cas. (ca. 1030-October 17, 1088)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University Libraries. OCLC 53276621.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainShahan, Thomas Joseph (1907). "Alberic of Monte Cassino". In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company.