Sketch of Dunstan

Book 2, Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair from 955 AD to 975 – Dunstan

Such was the severe system which had obtained on the continent for nearly four centuries, and which had met with growing favour from the Roman hierarchy. Archbishop Odo wished to introduce it into England, but he was only partially successful. During his life another man was preparing himself to perfect the scheme. This was Dunstan, one of the most renowned English prelates before the Norman Conquest, and whose influence in both church and state was ‘such as to call for special remark. He was born near Glastonbury, in 925, in the reign of Edward the Elder. One of his uncles was Primate, another was Bishop of Winchester, and he was remotely allied to the royal family.

Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair


Origin of Anglo Saxon Surnames

Conflicting Testimony Concerning Edwy

Incident on His Coronation Day

Treatment of Elgiva

Edgar the Pacific

Chapter 8, Origin of Monasteries in England

Introduction of Celibacy

Their Rules and Practice

The Benedictines

Chapter 8, Dunstan

Sketch of Dunstan

His Alleged Visions and Miracles

Becomes Abbot, Bishop and Archbishop

Chapter 8, Archbishop Dunstan and the Clergy

His Character and Policy

Aided by Bishops Oswald and Ethelwald

The Secular Clergy Supplanted by the Monks

King Edgar’s Private Life

The Worth of the Eulogies Pronounced on Him by the Monks

The Canons of Edgar

His Position Among the Anglo-Saxon Kings

Policy Towards the Danes of Northumbria


Categories: Book 2

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