Dunstan

Dunstan The year is England is a nation divided ruled by minor kings and Viking lords Each vies for land and power The Wessex king thelstan grandson of Alfred the Great readies himself to throw a spear

  • Title: Dunstan
  • Author: Conn Iggulden
  • ISBN: 9780718181444
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The year is 937 England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords Each vies for land and power The Wessex king thelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a spear into the north As would be kings line up to claim the throne, one man stands in their way Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks on the moors of Glastonbury Tor, hThe year is 937 England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords Each vies for land and power The Wessex king thelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a spear into the north As would be kings line up to claim the throne, one man stands in their way Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks on the moors of Glastonbury Tor, has learned that real power comes not from God, but from discovering one s true place on Earth Fearless in pursuit of his own interests, his ambition will take him from the courts of princes to the fields of battle, from exile to exaltation For if you cannot be born a king, or made a king, you can still anoint a king Under Dunstan s hand, England may come together as one country or fall apart in anarchy From Conn Iggulden, one of our finest historical writers, Dunstan is an intimate portrait of a priest and murderer, liar and visionary, traitor and kingmaker the man who changed the fate of England.

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    1. Set in the days of Anglo-Saxon England in the year 937. England is a nation that's divided. It's ruled by minor Kings and Viking Lords.Conn Igguiden was an English teacher before he started writing full-time. He has a talent in writing history that makes you feel you are living through the parts he is writing about. This is a beautifully written historical fiction novel.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author Conn Igguiden for my ARC in exchange for an honest [...]

    2. It seems to be my week for reading books about unlikeable characters."Dunstan" by Conn Iggulden is a stand alone novel in the autobiographical novel category. The Dunstan in question is Saint Dunstan, builder of both Glastonbury Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral and spiritual advisor to several early English/Wessex kings.Iggulden interprets some events from the life of Dunstan in very interesting ways! His Dunstan is far from a saint - being a bully, a liar, a cheat, and a murderer. Given the time [...]

    3. 4.5 stars. I have always forgiven my enemies, but only when they have been punished. Thus spake Dunstan!Conn Igguilden is to be admired for creating such a memorable character. Very little is known of St Dunstan other than the bare facts, e.g. his clerical career, family relationships, and his rebuilding of an abbey in Glastonbury where he was Abbot and a cathedral in Canterbury (not the current version) while Archbishop there. He was involved at different levels in the reigns of 7 kings over hi [...]

    4. thanks to the publishers and netgalley for free copy in return for and open honest review.enjoyed this historical fiction novel about an important person in the early days of the creation of England and how the author makes you believe that you are there in Saxon England amongst the monks at Glastonbury or the Royal court at Winchester. As we follow the trials and life of Dunstan as well of those of the emerging nation of England and battles with the Danes. Felt the only downside was more the no [...]

    5. ReviewSo far from Conn Iggulden we have had Caesar, Genghis, Margaret of Anjou and the other major players in the War of the Roses…. So whom would he pick next, which shining light of history would he dazzle us with?Dunstan? who the heck is Dunstan?Full Review: Click linkparmenionbooks.wordpress/

    6. This book was beautifully written. It grabbed me from the first. Recommended for all those who love historical fiction!

    7. Before I read this book,I knew three things about Dunstan. Firstly, he was involved in raising monies and designing Glastonbury Cathedral . The second and third things came from my father who was a blacksmith and farrier, namely that Dunstan was the patron saint of blacksmiths and Dunstan caught the Devil by the nose with a pair of red hot pincers, and having seen this last item straight from the forge, could almost sympathise with the unlucky Devil!! However, men can be Devils too and the autho [...]

    8. *I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC for my honest and unbiased opinion*Set in AD 937, when England is not a unified country. It is ruled by minor kings and is under attack. It is a period of unrest, war, power struggles and rebellions. I was aware of variuos names of the period but not much other detail.The author states that there are sections that he has filled in to make it work as a piece of historical fiction. Effectively using artistic license to create a story of what "could have [...]

    9. Received from Netgalley and Penguin UK for honest review.The premise of this book was good and it thoroughly lived up to the hype. A wonderful tale of growing up and living life in 937 AD.Centres around Brother Dunstan as he grows into being the abbot of Glastonbury.A really entertaining and enjoyable read,that showed Dunstan having his ups and downs,as Vengeance is a fine thing.Really enjoyed this one

    10. This book is about Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury, Bishop of Worcester and London, ultimately Archbishop of Canterbury - and Saint. He lived through the period when England moved from a collection of minor kingdoms to the country it is today. Some might say this process began with Alfred and completed by his grandson, Æthelstan. Dunstan played his part by reforming the church.It takes a strong man to do this and the Dunstan we see in this book was certainly strong. I was reminded of the Thoma [...]

    11. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.“I have always forgiven my enemies, but only when they have been punished.” These are the thoughts of Dunstan, Abbot of Canterbury. A biting wit colors his world, and though the book makes readers wish to cheer for good to happen to him, we also see the stain of darkness that colors his soul. When one dabbles in the political world of the 10th century, it seems it is impossible not to become tangled in the webs of int [...]

    12. Iggulten has found a great character who gives us an intriguing insight into an offten overlooked period of history. The character and the period appeared to be well researched. It's hard to identify what makes this period intriguing. In many ways, it's primitive, brutal, and confined to one miserable little island in the backwaters of Europe. But it is fascinating to see how order emerged from the vacuum the Romans left behind in this little island me now now is England.One thing that sets this [...]

    13. Heard about this through the excellent History Hit podcast and have really enjoyed it. Not an era of particular familiarity, apart from Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Dark Ages' (still have my signed copy complete with Anglo-Saxon salutation), but Iggulden spins a rich tale featuring the complex and fascinating character of Dunstan. Although a cleric, first a monk, bishop and later archbishop, Dunstan is also a wily politician much in the mode of the much later Thomas Wolsey who lives through [...]

    14. This was an excellent retelling of the life of St. Dunstan who was both Archbishop of Canterbury and Abbott of Glastonbury and who served under seven Anglo-Saxon kings in the century before the Norman invasion of England. Like many people I always think of the period between the end of Roman Britain and 1066 as the Dark Ages, when, in truth, it was a vibrant period for the burgeoning nation. Several English cities prospered with trade with the Continent, massive cathedrals were built and much of [...]

    15. ‘What is a first line, but a door flung open by an unseen hand?’England in 937 CE is a divided nation. Several minor kings and Viking lords rule, each looking to expand his own power and territory. Æthelstan, the king of Wessex and grandson of Alfred the Great, is looking to the north. Can one man unite the country?And Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks, will play a part.‘I was just an empty sheet, waiting to be bitten deep.’Who is Dunstan? If, like me, you know little about Du [...]

    16. Big fan of Conn Iggulden and own all of his books so when I heard he had written a new novel about a favourite period of history of mine, Anglo Saxon times, I was really excited. This is an era of history that usually gets overlooked in favour of Roman or Greek history.I'm not a huge fan of books written in first person although some carry it off very well like Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom series, but this one seems to work.There is not as much action in this book compared to many of his earl [...]

    17. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed this book, with such an unlikable main character. This book is an autobiographical fiction, where Saint Dunstan tells his life story. This time period has a lack of records and to piece together histories, some liberties must occur. I think the author did a good job in telling a fictional story of the real life Saint Dunstan. Although fictional, the character is very believable and I would think very much in line with that time period, as people did not rise [...]

    18. I started out reading the first few chapters not particularly liking Dunstan very much. By the end of the book, though, I wanted to read more about him. I guess he's an anti-hero, not too dissimilar from Wilbur Smith's Taita but a lot more malicious, selfish and self absorbed; he somehow became someone we could root for despite not being particularly heroic. I guess that's the beauty of this book: he's definitely not an angel, but he triumphs through hardship and adversity.Another character this [...]

    19. A great read. This is one of those books you can't put downbut you don't want to finish. An entertaining story told by a fantastic author.

    20. I enjoyed this book immensely and found it difficult to put down. The protagonist is certainly not as clean cut a character as you would find in many other novels and many times I found myself morally at odds with him, which was a refreshing change from the run of the mill "good guy".Dunstan as a historical figure was not one i was overly familiar with and would often find myself looking into him, and the other characters, online to find out more, a great period of history to research and a very [...]

    21. Having been born in Plymouth where there was an abbey to Saint Dunstan I have long wondered why he was revered as a saint. I have also had the modern historical writers recommended to me, especially Conn Iggulden, as being interesting authors I would probably enjoy reading. To find the two in one volume was a definite pleasure for me to discover.I did enjoy the novel and would be pleased to read more by the author and on this topic in the future. What a fascinating life Dunstan lived and it is a [...]

    22. I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. SummaryDunstan is a historical novel which demonstrates Conn Iggulden’s mastery of words. It takes a saint and makes him human and weaves an intriguing tale from the threads of history. PlotThis novel follows Dunstan from childhood all the way to being an old man who had seen seven kings on the throne in his lifetime. As records from the time period are sparse, the novel does take some artistic license in w [...]

    23. It may not be ‘spellbinding’ but it is both entertaining and illuminating in bringing another chapter of our ‘storia’ to the fore. All true? Well why would it be? It is a version of the truth and in this case another brilliantly researched and told Conn Iggulden version.Notes:Aethelstan, Edmund, EadredEdwy and EdgarEdward and EthelredThree brothersTwo sonsTwo grandsonsPage 7: Vengeance is a fine thing, but forgiveness can be just as cruel.62: Faith is hard work. In me, they saw a chance [...]

    24. When you pick up a book, there are times when you find yourself getting completely lost in it. Not because the writing is particularly artful (although that is a bonus), but because it’s just a bloody good story. You get lost in the telling and you are invested in the characters, and as such, you just can’t put it down.This is how I feel about Conn Iggulden’s latest book, Dunstan. Dunstan, the novel’s main character, was the Abbott of Glastonbury Abbey, the Bishop of Worcester, Bishop of [...]

    25. Not my favourite Iggulden historical novel by any stretch of the imagination. This was down to the subject matter rather than the writing skills of the author. Dunstan is set in the mid to let 900s England and is written in the first person and follows the life of a man who was (in no particular order) priest, Benedictine Abbot, Bishop, Archbishop of Canterbury, Royal Treasurer, friend and enemy of kings. I didn’t like Dunstan as a person although his life was full and varied and I can see wh [...]

    26. Dunstan, a fatherless child, is raised by monks on Glastonbury Tor. Intrigued by the mechanics of building towers, cathedrals and palaces, he quickly decides that knowing how to accomplish great deeds and pleasing those in power are just as important as one’s faith in God and devotional practices. So, he quickly rises in the Church and becomes the acquaintance and friend of many Kings and Princes.It is the year 937 and the Wessex King Aethelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great, is trying to [...]

    27. ANOTHER BRILLIANT HISTORICAL NOVEL FROM CONN IGGULDEN - A STAND ALONE TALE:"Dunstan" is set in the years following the death of Alfred the Great (the unifier of much of Southern England under one crown).The book tells the story of the life of Dunstan, who rose from a relatively humble background, to his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury. Along the way we are mesmerised by the twists and turns of fortune as Dunstan climbs the Ecclesiastical Ladder. A story typical of this master of historic [...]

    28. Nothing satisfies quite like well researched historical fiction, based on real men and events, from the distant past. I'm from America, so I know next to nothing about Dunstan, but feel I know him intimately after reading this amazing book by Conn Iggulden. Dunstan, a man from rather humble beginnings, grows to make his mark on religion and influences events during the reigns of more than a few English kings circa 937AD. His life takes him down a number of interesting, and varied, paths but he s [...]

    29. One man will change the fate of England.It took me six days to read the book, or so claims but it was not because I did not have time (I could have found more, even though it's exam season) but it was because of a simple reason - I did not want to read the book too quickly to enjoy it properly. It was nice to think that I had the book with me when I went to uni, or after I was finished with studying for the day. Yet when I picked it up for the second time, I could not put it down until I was do [...]

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