The patron saint of the internet is widely considered to be Saint Isidore of Seville, a Bishop and scholar, who was nominated for the role by the late Pope John Paul II, although the Vatican has yet to make it official.
Saint Isidore, who was born around 536 AD wrote a 20 book opus Etymologies, also known as the Origins, in which he tried to record everything that was known. As the 19th-century historian Montalembert put it, Isidore was "the last scholar of the ancient world."
Published after his death in 636, it was for a thousand years considered the encyclopedia of all human knowledge.
Written in simple Latin, it was all a man needed in order to have access to everything he wanted to know...
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