Abbot of Fleury, in France, born 958, slain in a tumult at Reole, in Gascony, Nov. 13, 1004. He presided two years (985-987) over a monastic school in England, and returned to Fleury, where he was made abbot. He was so celebrated for his wisdom and virtues that people, even in far-distant parts, had recourse to him for advice and assistance, especially in all questions relating to monastic discipline, his zeal for which caused the tumult in which he was slain. — Neander, Ch. Hist. 3, 404, 470; Mosheim, Ch. Hist. c. 10, pt. 2, ch. 1, § 5; Aeta Sanctorum, t. 8.
surnamed CERNUS (the crooked), a French monk, who was also called Abbo Parisiensis because he was of the monastery of Saint-Germain-des- Pres, is said to have died in 923. He was present at the siege of Paris by the Normans in 887. Of this siege he wrote the history in a poem in three books, which has been admitted into Pithou's and Duchesne's collections. A more correct edition, with notes and a French translation, may be seen in the Nouvelles Annales de Paris (1753, 4to). There are also Five Select Sermons under his name in D'Achery's Spicilegium — (vol. ix); and in Bibl. PP. (Colon. 1618), vol. 5, is Abbonis Epistola ad Desiderium Episc. The third book of the Siege, addressed to the clergy, has been omitted by his editors, as having no connection with the history. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.