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Dunstan: Saint and Statesman.

Dales, Douglas

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ISBN 10: 0227173929 / ISBN 13: 9780227173923
Verlag: Clarke, Cambridge, 2013
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Softcover
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Titel: Dunstan: Saint and Statesman.

Verlag: Clarke, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

Einband: Soft cover

Zustand:Very Good

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St Dunstan of Canterbury (909-88) was the central figure in the development of English church and society after the death of King Alfred. Douglas Dales traces Dunstan's life beginning with his education at the great monastery of Glastonbury of which he became abbot. He was a central figure at the court of the kings of Wessex but was banished, partly because of his hostility to the king's mistresses, and went to exile in Flanders. After his return he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. During the twenty-eight years of his primacy he carried out one of the major developments of the century, the reformation of the monasteries. The millennium of Dunstan's death provides an opportunity to examine him not merely as a prelate and royal advisor, but to see other aspects of his life: his skills as a craftsman caused him to be adopted as the patron saint of goldsmiths; some of his work as calligrapher and artist survives to this day; the coronation service which he drew up still lies at the heart of this service for English monarchs today; he was famed for his musical skills; above all, the sanctity of his name and the fame of his miracles kept Dunstan's memory alive. Douglas Dales' re-examination of the life and times of Dunstan sets his achievements against the social and religious background of the day, at a time when new forces were emerging that would shape the future of England and the English Church for centuries to come.

About the Author:

Douglas Dales was educated at St Dunstan's College, London, and was a scholar of Christ Church, Oxford: he holds degrees in history and theology. He is a parish priest in two parishes, and is Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough College. He is married with three children, and lives in Marlborough. He is the author of 'Light to the Isles' (2010), 'Alcuin: His Life and Legacy' (2012) and 'Alcuin: Theology and Thought' (2013) which together with this volume cover the development of Christianity in England and on the Continent from 400-1000 AD.

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