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Dunstan: Saint and Statesman.

Dales, Douglas

Verlag: Clarke, Cambridge, 2013
ISBN 10: 0227173929 / ISBN 13: 9780227173923
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Titel: Dunstan: Saint and Statesman.

Verlag: Clarke, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

Einband: Soft cover

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xvi 209p large paperback, green illustrated cover, as new. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 175505

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Inhaltsangabe: St Dunstan of Canterbury (909-88) was the central figure in the development of English church and society after the death of King Alfred. The author 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 King Edwy's mistresses, and went into exile in Flanders. On the succession of Edgar to the throne, Dunstan was called back to England and 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 author examines Dunstan not merely as a prelate and royal advisor, but considers other aspects of his life: his skill as a craftsman, which caused him to be adopted as the patron saint of goldsmiths; his works as calligrapher and artist, some of which survive to this day; the coronation service which he drew up which still lies at the heart of this service for English monarchs; his celebrated musical skills; and above all, the sanctity of his name and the fame of his miracles, which have 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 his day, at a time when new forces were emerging that would shape the future of England and the English Church for centuries to come. Douglas Dales was Chaplain of Marlborough College, Wiltshire, from 1984 to 2012 and he is now a parish priest in the diocese of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of several studies in Anglo-Saxon church history and other areas of theology, 'Alcuin: his Life and Legacy'; 'Alcuin: Theology and Thought'; 'Living Through Dying: The Spiritual Experience of Saint Paul'; and 'Light to the Isles: Mission and Theology in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Britain'. 'I am deeply grateful to Douglas Dales for this comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography. I hope it does much to renew an interest in Dunstan and a period of English church history which has much more immediate lessons for our Christian life now than a thousand years' separation seems to suggest.' From the Foreword by Robert Runcie

Rezension: I amdeeply grateful to Douglas Dales for this comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography. I hope it does much to renew an interest in Dunstan and a period of English church history which has much more immediate lessons for our Christian life now than a thousand years separation seems to suggest. --Foreword by Robert Runcie"

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