(Author, deacon and abbot of Tours, c.735-804) : Alcuin 1 heard that much distress had been caused to Osberht 4 and his kingdom [sc. Mercia]. He noted that it was not sufficient for people to follow their forefathers in dress, feasts and customs. He urged Osberht 4 to proffer wise counsel to the kingdom, the people and the nations of the English. He should advise Osberht 4's king (Anonymous 758) and his own on their behaviour, including avoiding adultery. He feared that Eardwulf 4 was going to lose his kingdom [sc. Northumbria] because of his affront against God in putting aside his wife and publicly associating with a mistress. It was good that Osberht 4 should spent time in these counsels but if he could not succeed, he should quickly turn to God's service. He should advise the Mercian people to observe good conduct as laid down by Offa 7; that the bishops and servants of God should do service to Christ; and ask powerful laymen to make just judgments amongst the people and have chaste marriages, be faithful to their lord and show unity and agreement among themselves.
(Powerful laymen in Mercia in 797) : Alcuin 1 exhorted Osberht 4 that he should advise Anonymi 1911 to make just judgments amongst the people and have chaste marriages, be faithful to their lord and show unity and agreement among themselves.