Saint Dunstan

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  • Stewart Brookes (King's College London )

One of the key proponents, with Æthelwold and Oswald, of the late tenth-century Benedictine reform movement in England. Born into a well-connected West Saxon family, Dunstan soon rose to prominence at the royal court with the assistance of relatives in the ecclesiastical hierarchy. His early political career was a chequered one, dogged by court intrigue: he served as counsellor to successive Anglo-Saxon kings (Athelstan, Edmund, Eadred), and was at one point in charge of part of the treasury, but as a result of rivalries and resentments he fell out of favour several times. He was appointed Abbot of Glastonbury in the 940s, and it was during this period that he, and his pupil Æthelwold, studied the Rule of St Benedict and the w…

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Brookes, Stewart. "Saint Dunstan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 November 2002
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