St. Dunstan

Saint Dunstan (dŭns´tən), c.910–88, English monk, archbishop of Canterbury (960–88), b. near Glastonbury. He lived as a monk until called (940) to court by King Edmund of Wessex. He became (943) abbot of Glastonbury and initiated reforms that proved to be a turning point in English religious life. He was a royal counselor under King Edred, and the favorable peace with the Danes is credited to him. Unpopular with Edwy, he went to Flanders (956–58), where he witnessed the Benedictine reform then in full sway on the Continent. He was recalled by Edgar and was appointed bishop of Worcester (958), bishop of London (959), and archbishop of Canterbury. He was not in favor with Æthelred. Dunstan is regarded as one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon saints and has been called one of the makers of England. Feast: May 19.

See study by E. S. Duckett (1955).

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St Dunstan: His Life, Times, and Cult
Nigel Ramsay; Margaret Sparks; Tim Tatton-Brown.
Boydell Press, 1992
FREE! Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series
William Stubbs; Arthur Hassall.
Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902
Librarian’s tip: "Memorials of Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury" begins on p. 1
A History of the Church in England
John R. H. Moorman.
Morehouse-Gorham, 1954
Librarian’s tip: "S. Dunstan and the Monasteries" begins on p. 43
The Medieval Foundations of England
G. O. Sayles.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "St. Dunstan and the Revival of the Church"
FREE! A Shorter History of England and Greater Britain
Arthur Lyon Cross.
Macmillan, 1920
Librarian’s tip: "St. Dunstan, His Reforms, Political Influence and Banishment" begins on p. 33
The Oxford Companion to British History
John Cannon.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Dunstan, St. (C. 909-88)" begins on p. 314
FREE! Chief Middle English Poets
Jessie L. Weston.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1914
Librarian’s tip: "The Life of Saint Dunstan" begins on p. 37
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