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The Abbot's Tale

by Conn Iggulden

The Abbot's Tale by Conn Iggulden X
The Abbot's Tale by Conn Iggulden
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    May 2018, 480 pages

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Kate Braithwaite

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An epic retelling of 10th century history through the eyes of Dunstan of Glastonbury, an ambitious, arrogant and talented priest rising to power in Anglo-Saxon England.

The Abbot's Tale purports to be a re-discovered manuscript written by a real historical figure, Dunstan, a man who rose from being the Abbot of Glastonbury to become the Archbishop of Canterbury (the most senior figure in the Church in England) and who, after his death, was canonized as a saint. Dunstan, now an old man, is writing a confessional biography of his life, the highs and lows of his career in the Church and his relationships with successive kings of 10th century Britain.

The man who tells this story, however, is anything but saintly. Dunstan takes the reader back to his boyhood arrival at the Glastonbury home (see 'Beyond the Book') of Benedictine monks – "an oddly relaxed place then, with a few married and unmarried women tending the brothers, and half the men not ordained or even formal Benedictines." Aged fourteen in 934 AD, Dunstan is left there along with his...

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