The Worth of the Eulogies Pronounced on Him by the Monks

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

Like many other men whose lives have been scandalous in the extreme, but who have affected great horror at like sins in others, Edgar professed much zeal for the correction of abuses, and pretended to be greatly shocked that any of the clergy should continue to live with concubines, as he and the monks termed their lawful wives.

In a general council held during this reign, the king, addressing Dunstan, said, “Are all our pious endeavours now frustrated by the dissolute lives of the priests? Not that I throw any blame on you, you have reasoned, besought, inculcated, inveighed,  but it now behoves you to use sharper and more vigorous remedies, and conjoining your spiritual authority with the civil power to purge effectually the temple of God from thieves and intruders.” In thus speaking, he was but the mouthpiece of Dunstan, who was ever ready to seize upon opportunities for extending his ecclesiastical authority.


Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair

Edwy

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

Authorities



Categories: Book 2

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