An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


(c. 909-May 19, 988). Monk, statesman, educator, Benedictine monastic reformer, and Archbishop of Canterbury. In 943 he became the Abbot of Glastonbury. He made Glastonbury famous for its asceticism and scholarship. In 957 he became the Bishop of Worcester. In 959 he became Bishop of London. That same year King Edgar of Mercia and Northumbria became King of all England and appointed Dunstan the twenty-third Archbishop of Canterbury. He served as archbishop from Oct. 21, 960, until his death. Dunstan has been called “the patron and father of the monks of medieval England.” He died at Canterbury. Dunstan is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on May 19.

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