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, 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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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 ...more
A good story reasonably well written.
Do you think the author had fun writing this book? I had fun reading it. I confess I initially thought I was reading a book by a minor prophet from THE HOLY BIBLE. The action took place in the tenth century A.D. when the small kingdoms of England evolved into one kingdom with one high king. The main character, Dunstan, was a rascal--but a good one. Reader, take that comment any way you choose. He confessed his sins so well that I started to worry about my own sins, confessed or not. Dunstan used ...more
Iggulden fleshes out in spectacular detail the ambitious, often ruthless 10th century man called Dunstan, builder of Glastonbury Cathedral and Archbishop of Canterbury. England isn't yet England as it will become, but rather a collection of little kingdoms all in contest with one another for power. Dunstan is sent with his brother to be educated at the Abbey and readers will quickly appreciate the brilliance of Iggulden, who uses Dunstan's own voice to tell his story as he rises in rank, influen ...more
Look, it wasn't bad by any means, but once my interest began to wane, I just found it really hard to get back into it properly in the last half of the novel.
Dunstan was a figure that I hadn’t come across before, and I was completely unfamiliar with his story and this time period, so I was looking forward to exploring it. I really loved the first part – the writing was incredible, and I got so sucked in. …And then Dunstan got stuck at the abbey in his teenaged-years, and the more time s ...more
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 ...more
So 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?
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Well, I think it pretty obvious that Conn Iggulden relished breathing life into this complicated creature called Dunstan. What a joy it is to read books that are so clearly a work of pride by the author. And he should be proud. This was a bloody good book. The best I have read of him so far… but of course, I have not yet read everything he has written.
Now, Dunstan of Glastonbury is not your typical feel-good protagonist. Don’t expect to go into this book backing him to the hilt throughout his j ...more