Virgil was descended from Irish high kings, considered the most learned man of his age and was a renowned scientist. He was a product of Ireland’s Golden Age of the 700s. Virgil joined the “wandering Irish saints” who converted and educated Europe. He advised the king of the Franks and was appointed abbot of St. Peter’s Monastery and Bishop of Salzburg. Virgil was threatened with excommunicated for teaching that there could be life on the other side of the world. He successfully defended his science and was hailed as a hero of modern science for his courage. Virgil was an architect and built Salzburg’s first cathedral. He was poet and writer, a patron of the arts and one of the great evangelists of the middle ages. But all of his writings were destroyed, and much of his life is a mystery. Learn more about this great man and help solve the Virgil mystery.
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