Æthelwold (1061 words)

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Few men had a greater or more lasting influence on the Anglo-Saxon church or on Anglo-Saxon literature than St Æ;thelwold, Bishop of Winchester (963-984) and one of the key proponents of the English Benedictine Reform movement of the tenth century. Though little is known of his background, the circumstances of his later life suggest that his family may have been wealthy and of some social prominence. As a young boy, he was a member of the court of King Athelstan and was later sent into the household of Bishop Æ;lfheah of Winchester, who ordained Æ;thelwold as a priest on the same day as St Dunstan, later Archbishop of Canterbury (959-988). Æ;thelwold studied for a brief time under Dunstan at the monastery at Glastonbury, but was …

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Smith, William. "Æthelwold". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 June 2009
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